Cal Fire crews make progress on Aero Fire, other state wildfires

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Firefighters up and down the state made significant progress on a number of wildfires that have been burning for days and were close to extinguishing a couple of them, Cal Fire said early Thursday.

The most significant progress came in the fight against the Aero Fire in Calaveras County. Crews have now reached 52% containment on that blaze at 6:05 a.m. It has burned 5,351 acres. Two structures have been confirmed to have been destroyed.

Cal Fire said crews would continue to build containment lines on Thursday as they rushed to beat a heat wave that is set to settle into the Bay Area and much of the state on Friday. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90s and 100s in the interior parts of most of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Crews also neared full containment on the Point Fire in Sonoma County, which has not grown in the past 48 hours. It has burned 1,207 acres and is now 70% contained. Most of the firefighting operation in that blaze has been reduced to monitoring for hot spots in and around the fire’s perimeter. Five structures have been destroyed in that fire, and one firefighter was injured.

Firefighters have considerably more work to do to put out the Sites Fire in Colusa County. At 6:30 a.m. Thursday, that fire has scorched 19,195 acres, making it the biggest wildfire in the state. It was just 15% contained. Crews made progress on both the west and east sides of the fire on Wednesday, according to Cal Fire and will continue to build containment lines on the north side on Thursday in an effort to prevent its spread, the agency said.

The biggest fire in Southern California also continued to burn near Interstate 5. The Post Fire, which had scorched land in Los Angeles and Ventura counties is up to 15,690 acres and was 47% contained at 6:45 a.m. According to Cal Fire, crews are now focused on the interior terrain, while shuttle boats and helicopters continued to work on the fire in the steep terrain and remote brush areas.

Crews also closed in on full containment of the Hesperia Fire in San Bernardino County. Cal Fire said it was 94% contained after having burned 1,078 acres.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.