MAXWELL,CA (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire in western Colusa County were able to take advantage of lighter winds on Monday.
The Sites Complex fire near the farming community of Maxwell consumed 3,700 acres as of early evening Monday. It was 50 percent contained, a day after it started.
State fire officials say the blaze began as five separate fires.
Three of those fires were contained and the remaining two have burned together.
Although the fire came close to a few ranches, no structures are currently threatened.
"The fire's in our backyard and he had me on the bulldozer today cutting trails around our property," said Richard Borden, who works for a rancher who owns 1,000 nearby acres.
More than 1,000 firefighters are working on the blaze.
The nearby Mill Fire has burned over 10,000 acres in the Mendocino National Forest and is threatening the tiny town of Stonyford.
"A lot of people have had to leave and the people I take care of had to leave because they are on oxygen," said Kim Krolikowski.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says winds have died down at the Sites Complex. But crews will still have to deal with high temperatures and dry conditions.