A sand fire in central California that officials said started last weekend has burned out almost entirely, but it has forced residents to abandon homes and buildings on a remote fire island near the San Diego and Napa counties.
The National Weather Service said the fire on the sand island of Rancheria Beach, in central Arizona, broke out Saturday morning and spread rapidly through the area.
The fire was estimated to have burned about 25 square miles.
It’s been called the “most dangerous fire” in the country, said Jennifer O’Connor, spokeswoman for the National Weather Services.
The fire was first reported about 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, according to the Weather Service.
It’s spread rapidly in the area, with about 30 percent of homes destroyed.
It took the sheriff’s office several hours to restore order, but the fire was contained by 6:15 p.s.
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article A large number of firefighters responded to the fire and containment was maintained until at least Tuesday morning, said Kevin McAllister, a meteorologist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
The weather agency said it expects a dry day and no high winds, with little or no wind gusts.
A tornado watch is in effect for the Santa Barbara, Orange, Ventura and Santa Cruz counties.