The Dixie Fire moved closer to the 200,000-acre mark overnight and early Monday morning, although some cooler temperatures helped firefighters make some additional progress.
Cal Fire said at its Monday morning update that a total of 197,487 acres have burned in the fire, which began July 13. Containment is at 22 percent.
In the east zone of the fire, the Dixie and Fly fires have burned together and will carry the name Dixie going forward, Cal Fire said.
According to Cal Fire’s morning news update, temperatures in that area decreased yesterday because of cloud cover and fire behavior moderated. That allowed firefighters to construct additional dozer and hand lines in some key areas, including Taylorsville, Crescent Mills, Quincy, Bucks Lake and Greenville.
There is a chance of isolated thunderstorms later in the week, Cal Fire said. There were reports of some rain this morning in the Butte Meadows area, which remains under an evacuation order.
Engines are deployed in Taylorsville for possible structure protection in case the fire continues moving northeast.
Sixteen structures have been destroyed, and another 10,721 remain threatened.
This story will be updated.