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Wildfire Update: New Fires Burning Despite Milder Weather

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An image from the Tully Fire burning in Humboldt County on August 28, 2016.

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Update 4:34 p.m.: The Willow Fire that started Sunday afternoon in Calaveras County east of San Andreas has grown to 400 acres an is currently 2 percent contained.


Milder weather conditions have allowed firefighters to make progress on wildfires burning throughout California over the weekend. Two new large fires sprang up Saturday despite the cooler temperatures - the Gap Fire and Havilah Fire, both in Kern County. As of Sunday morning, the Havilah Fire had grown to 343 acres and the Gap Fire stood at 120 acres.

Cal Fire says roughly 11,500 firefighters are currently battling 12 large wildfires throughout the state.

The Chimney Fire burning in San Luis Obispo County is now 45,108 acres and 52 percent contained, threatening 865 structures. It has destroyed 49 homes.

The Soberanes Fire that began July 22 in Monterey County remains 60 percent contained and is now 91,802 acres. Firefighters continue to struggle against rugged terrain and widespread poison oak as they work to contain the fire that has now been burning for more than a month.

The Rey Fire burning in Santa Barbara county is now 33,006 acres and 54 percent contained.

Here is more information on the Chimney Fire, Rey Fire, and Soberanes Fire: