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New California Wildfire Kills One


A new wildfire in California quickly grew out of control on Saturday, killing one person and damaging or destroying at least 10 homes.

The Tassajara Fire, which started on Saturday afternoon near Jamesburg in central California killed one civilian on Saturday, Cal Fire officials reported, however additional details about the fatality were not immediately available.

The fire started on Saturday and quickly grew under dry, hot conditions, expanding to 1200 acres as of Sunday afternoon, and the blaze was 10 percent contained with 590 fire personnel working to contain it. While 1200 acres is only a small fraction of the 60,000+ acre wildfires in northern California, including the Valley and Butte fires, this fire is in a much more densely populated part of California, about 60 miles south of San Francisco in Monterrey County.

Hot conditions are expected to last through Monday as high pressure stays anchored over California, bringing dry offshore winds and continued high fire danger. However, much cooler conditions are expected to arrive on Tuesday, which should help firefighting efforts.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the Tassajara and other wildfires in the West.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @SeanMoon

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