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Firefighters make progress against Geysers fire

  • Fire rages along the slopes of the Geysers geothermal field, Friday Nov. 22, 2013 just off Geyser Road east of Geyserville. High winds fanned the blaze to an estimated 900 acres, with power lines reportedly down in the area. Several county strike teams as well as Cal Fire were on hand to fight the fire. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A total of 1,758 firefighters and personnel were assigned to the McCabe fire Saturday. The blaze was 25 percent contained by 8 p.m., according to Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency.

No injuries were reported.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said the work went "really well" after winds died down later in the day.

Soda Canyon And Geysers Fire

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"It was a pretty good effort that was put out by the aircraft," which slowed and cooled the flames for the crews on the ground, he said. "It's a concert of everything working together. It's not one thing that puts the fire out."

That said, the diminishing winds played the biggest factor in firefighters' headway Saturday, and the weather should remain in their favor for the start of this week. Sustained winds are forecast to drop below 10 mph in the region, with rain predicted for the middle of the week.

"I'm thinking things will start coming together for us (today)," McLean said.

The North Bay was raked by heavy winds in the aftermath of a light rainstorm last week. The warm, dry gusts fed scores of smaller vegetation fires across the region and fanned two larger wildfires, including the McCabe fire, first reported about 2 a.m. Friday.

The other blaze, sparked late Thursday in the hills east of Silverado Trail in Napa County, was fully contained at 300acres Saturday. Residents of 50homes threatened by the fire on its first day were let back into their neighborhood off Soda Canyon Road Friday night.

The causes for both fires are under investigation.

Smoke from the McCabe fire was faintly visible on Highway 101 just north of Santa Rosa and could be seen clearly north of Healdsburg rising over the eastern hills of Alexander Valley.


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