UPDATE: Shirley Fire grows to 2,200 acres, containment steady at 10 percent

Crews made "tremendous progress" on the blaze burning overnight near Wofford Heights, firefighters reported Monday. Two structures were destroyed, one was heavily damaged over the weekend.
The Shirley Fire grew to 2,200 acres overnight near Wofford Heights, firefighters reported Monday morning.  While containment held steady at 10 percent, firefighters were expecting that figure to grow later in the day.

Two structures were destroyed and another was heavily damaged over the weekend. But firefighters made "tremendous progress overnight," and said they were "extremely confident" they wouldn't lose any more structures.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for Allta Sierra, Wagy Flats, Shirley Meadows, and Hungry Gulch.

Access to significant flames was expected to be highly diminished Monday, but firefighters said they were hoping to "turn a corner" Monday and be left to mop up after.

The Shirley Fire was the only major fire burning in California so authorities said all the necessary resources were committed to battling the flames. 1,100 firefighters were on scene.  It cost an estimated $4.2 million dollars to fight the fire over three days.

17 News weather forecaster Kevin Charette was predicting wind gusts to pick up as the day progressed, further complicating firefighting efforts.




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