No rain in sight — and no reprieve for firefighters as season is uninterrupted
Smoke from the Rim Fire, the third largest wildfire in California’s history, blankets the horizon behind a sign noting the day’s fire danger rating in Aug. 2013.
- Kimball Island fire almost contained
A fire burning on Kimball Island in the Delta that led to evacuations is nearly contained after the blaze damaged three homes and some outbuildings.
A Solano County fire dispatcher said on Wednesday that there were still some visible flames, but that units had been cleared and the command terminated.
The U.S. Coast Guard evacuated at least four people from the island, which is only accessible by boat. The brush fire started Tuesday and quickly grew as winds fanned the flames.
Officials said there are 20 buildings on the island just north of Antioch near the Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento County borders.
— Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am
This week — and possibly the rest of the month — Mother Nature won’t be providing any help for crews that have battled more than 100 wildfires in California so far this year.
“What you see is what you get,” said meteorologist Ken Clark of AccuWeather.com, a private weather forecasting service. “There’s no end in sight.”
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am.