California Wildfire Consumes 1,600 Acres

July 10, 2012

Crews battling a wildfire in western Colusa County, Calif., are hoping to take advantage of lighter winds.

The Sites Complex fire near the farming community of Maxwell has consumed about 1,600 acres so far. It was 10 percent contained as of Monday, a day after it started.

State fire officials say the blaze began as five separate fires. Three of those fires were contained and the remaining two have burned together.

Although the fire came close to a few ranches, no structures are currently threatened. More than 1,000 firefighters are working on the blaze.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says winds have died down. But crews will still have to deal with high temperatures and dry conditions.

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