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Crews continue to battle the Beckwourth Complex, River fires

Over 91,000 acres charred, only 25% contained.
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Posted at 11:25 AM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-13 15:16:47-04

(KERO) — The Beckwourth Complex Fire is raging in Northern California destroying homes and cars. This fire is a combination of two lightning-caused fires -- one started on June 30th and another on July 2nd. The Sugar Fire is burning north of Lake Tahoe.

As of Monday night, the Beckwourth Complex Fire charred more than 91,000 acres and is 26 percent contained.

"I'm not too much worried about the rebuilding, I'm more worried about this wind," said Doyle resident Bob Schoenstein. "That fire could be on the other side of that mountain and it can put embers down in the middle of this town and burn this down to the ground."

Hundred-degree temperatures in that area have made it harder for firefighters to gain control of the blaze. The Beckwourth Complex Fire is now the largest California wildfire so far this year.

Elsewhere, a few dozen miles outside Yosemite National Park a wildfire is spreading quickly in Madera and Mariposa counties. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said the River Fire has grown to nine thousand acres and is only about ten percent contained as of late Monday night.

A few parts of Madera County are under mandatory evacuation orders.

CAL FIRE along with local crews from Mariposa and Madera counties are battling the River Fire. It first started Sunday afternoon along the county line. Since then firefighters worked around the clock to try to gain control.

PG&E shut off power to 136 customers in the area for firefighter safety as crews worked to construct and reinforce control lines Monday.

Charred hillsides show just how far and wide the fire spread and in some areas, the flames were stopped just yards away from homes.

At least one structure and four outbuildings have been destroyed but fire officials were unable to give any details on where it happened or what type of structure was involved. Meanwhile, many others remain threatened.