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A Northern California wildfire more than tripled in size Saturday, threatening vineyards and hundreds of homes, while a new blaze prompted evacuation of a community in Yosemite National Park.
Pushed by 20 mph wind gusts, the so-called Sand Fire that began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills raced through more than 6 square miles of drought-stricken grasslands east of Sacramento.
The blaze, which has burned five homes and seven outbuildings, led to evacuation orders covering about 515 homes in and around the River Pines Estates community in Amador County.
"The fire's moving in and around homes in the area," said Lynn Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "The leading edge is bumping up against residences as we speak."
Firefighters battled the flames through the day in triple-digit temperatures. At first, the fire moved away from vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, but a mid-afternoon wind change caused the flames to split and some crossed fire lines and headed down into a section of the wine country, Tolmachoff said.
The wildfire burned within 200 yards of the Story Winery in Plymouth on Friday, and the business was closed Saturday.
"We've got CalFire guys using our tasting room as a lookout point," owner Rob Campbell told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1rIoXjk ).
Sunset brought some relief, with slightly cooler and calmer weather.
"The wind has died down. It's definitely helping the firefighters out," Tolmachoff said. "We're not seeing the large flames. But now it's extremely smoky."
The fire was only 20 percent contained by nightfall despite efforts by 1,464 firefighters and aircraft that included a DC-10 air tanker.
CalFire says a vehicle that drove over dry vegetation started the fire, which has sent up huge plumes of smoke and worsened air quality in the Sacramento area.
Meanwhile, a 500-acre fire that began Saturday afternoon threatened homes and cabins in Yosemite. Evacuations were ordered in Foresta, a community of about 45 homes inside the park where many park employees live, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
An additional six homes outside the park also were evacuated, she said.
The area is well away from the heavily touristed Yosemite Valley, but road closures could add a half-hour to the drive in for park visitors, Cobb said.
About 300 firefighters were battling the blaze in an area scorched in a 2009 fire, Cobb said.
Wildfires also burned in other Western states. The nation's largest wildfire, the 618-square-mile Buzzard Complex in eastern Oregon, was 95 percent contained Saturday as crews also battled other fires in the state.
There was also progress on Washington's largest wildfire, the 390-square-mile Carlton Complex in north-central part of the state, which was almost 60 percent contained. Cooler weather and rain helped firefighters get a handle on the lightning-caused fire, but heat and wind picked up Saturday. Officials increased their estimate of burned homes from 150 to 300 Friday.
In Utah, evacuation orders for 200 homes in Summit County and 10 homes in Utah County were lifted. No homes burned and there were no injuries. One of the fires started early Saturday when two teenagers playing with fireworks ignited dry grass and brush, police said.
Other wildfires burned in Utah, Colorado and other states in the West.Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:24:27 -0700
A very special delivery came to two Bay Area families in quite an unusual way this weekend when two fathers delivered their sons on different parts of Northbound 101.
Hanna Sahourieh and his wife Naomi of San Bruno said they were headed to Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco on Friday morning, but their unborn son had other plans.
Sahourieh was forced to park his SUV on the split between 101 and Interstate 80 and deliver his son when his wife’s water broke and the couple was stuck in traffic.
“Right when I saw the head start to come out I just parked the car, jumped out, dodged traffic and started to get honked at,” he said.
Minutes later, Sahourieh delivered his son at 10:49 a.m. on the freeway.
“She pushed, (the baby) popped right out and he landed on my hand right there in the middle of the freeway in the car,” he said.
Mom said she was only focused on her baby and was glad to hear him cry.
“With my daughter, she didn’t cry at all,” Naomi said. “So when he came out and started crying, I was like, oh my gosh, he’s good, he’s healthy.”
Sahourieh drove his wife and son to Kaiser in San Francisco to make sure their nine pound, one ounce bundle of joy was okay. Doctors let dad cut the umbilical cord in the car.
The couple named their son Jiries Hanna Sahourieh, but a family member nicknamed the newborn “Way-Way,” a nod to his freeway delivery. It’s a delivery his family will never forget.
“It’s just a blessing and he’s healthy so that’s all that matters,” Naomi said.
Although it is rare for families to have roadside deliveries, another father delivered his son on Saturday afternoon in Novato, also on Northbound 101 near the Olompali State Park exit with the help of a dispatcher from the Marin County Communications Center.Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:34:51 -0700
A truck spraying mosquito-killing insecticide will be driving around parts of San Mateo and Hillsborough Monday evening, in an effort to combat the spread of West Nile Virus.
According to the county Mosquito and Vector Control District, similar mosquito-fogging efforts took place on July 21 this year.
However, despite that effort, county officials report that mosquitoes have since tested positive for the virus.
In order to prevent any human cases, mosquito fogging is scheduled to take place beginning at 9 p.m. and concluding by 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The area to be treated is roughly bordered by Peninsula and Second avenues in San Mateo, and North Idaho Street and Severn Lane in Hillsborough.
In order to mitigate personal risk of infected mosquito bites, the vector control district recommends eliminating all sources of standing water on personal property, and wearing bug repellent containing the chemical DEET.Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:21:54 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories