Yellow Fire Containment Expected Thursday Evening

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — Full containment of the Yellow Fire in Sonoma County is now not expected to happen until Thursday evening as the wildfire continues to consume both grasslands and vineyards.

The National Weather Service has extended the red flag warning for the North Bay hills through at least 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A similar warning for the East Bay hills was allowed to expire Wednesday evening.

The Yellow Fire is burning north and east of Healdsburg. Officials say the flames damaged about 200 vines at the Kendall-Jackson vineyard.

KRON 4’s Jacqueline Bennett says high temperatures, low humidity, and gusting winds are combining to fuel the flames. More than 100 firefighters are involved in battling this fire.

Calfire officials say they’re staffing up early because of the conditions.

“For this time of the year, this is typical of what we see in June,” a Calfire spokeswoman tells KRON 4’s Justine Waldman. “So to be May first, it’s giving us an indication of what fire season is going to be like. We’re just trying to contain the fire at the 125 acres where’s it at and basically build a perimeter around the whole fire and that would basically be the containment for that. So crews are going to work all through the night and all through tomorrow and we’re going to be here.”

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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