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Wildfire Consumes 1,600 Acres In Colusa County

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MAXWELL (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire in western Colusa County 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.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says winds have died down. But crews will still have to deal with high temperatures and dry conditions.

The cause remains under investigation.

Several miles to the west, a wildfire in the Mendocino National Forest was estimated at around 2,500 acres and led to the closure of campgrounds and the evacuation of a handful of homes early Monday. That fire was 10 percent contained.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

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