Sacto 9-1-1
September 8, 2012
UPDATE: Rumsey Canyon fire burns 18,000 acres, is 80 percent contained

By Richard Chang and Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com

Firefighters made good progress toward containing a complex of fires in southern Colusa County Sunday, while a separate fire in Lake County grew.

The two fires that comprise the 16 Complex burn four miles apart on Highway 16 in the remote Rumsey Canyon area of Colusa County, near the Yolo County border. By Sunday night, the complex had burned 18,000 acres and was 80 percent contained, according to updates from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Favorable weather conditions Sunday allowed firefighters to increase containment. Officials don't expect the complex to burn much new ground.

Officials have reopened Highway 16, but caution that visibility is poor, and there could be debris on the roadway.

In Lake County, the Scotts Fire had burned 3,200 acres near Ukiah, and was about 10 percent contained by Sunday night. About 300 homes are threatened by the blaze, most of them about a mile from the fire.

Late Sunday, a red flag warning was in effect for the area around the fire, with the danger of wind gusts and low humidity complicating containment efforts.

Smoke from the fires did not impact the Sacramento region much Sunday. Air Quality forecasters predicted that Monday's air quality index will be in the moderate range.

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