Sawmill fire burning in The Geysers 90 percent contained

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The four-day-old Sawmill fire burning in The Geysers was 90 percent contained Wednesday night, according to a Cal Fire news release.

Fire crews have been battling the blaze since it erupted Sunday morning in the drought-stricken hills in the northeastern part of Sonoma County. The fire’s footprint was reported at 1,609 acres, up from 1,500 acres due to better mapping of the blaze, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

Crews focused their effort Wednesday on strengthening and extending the containment lines as the firefighting force was reduced to four crews and a total of 241 people by 6 p.m., compared with 375 in the morning.

No helicopters or air tankers were involved in the effort Wednesday.

Cal Fire reported two minor injuries and no buildings damaged in the fire, which was driven by gusting winds and fueled by hot weather affecting the North Bay the past few days.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

The Geysers area in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Lake counties includes a Calpine complex of 14 geothermal power plants. Evacuation orders and road closures were lifted Monday evening and the fire didn’t damage any of Calpine’s geothermal facilities, officials said.

Staff Writer Guy Kovner contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 707-521-5205 or christi.warren@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @SeaWarren.

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