For the second time in as many weeks, a wildfire is racing across Lake County.

While cooler temperatures during the night helped firefighters battle an uncontrolled wildfire that has burned through 16,500 acres of Lake County, erratic winds Wednesday continued to push the blaze forward, according to Cal Fire.

Fire officials Wednesday morning noted that few roads were available in the rugged terrain and that was hampering progress. The winds also have been adding to high intensity uphill runs, and have carried burning embers ahead of the fire line, Cal Fire officials said.

The Jerusalem fire remains largely uncontrolled and officials Wednesday said it now is six percent contained, inching up from Tuesday nights assessment of five percent.

Cal Fire officials said the blaze didn’t necessarily grow during the night but officials this morning were able to better evaluate the fires perimeter and determined it was larger than Tuesday nights estimate of 14,000 acres.

The latest evacuation orders came Tuesday evening, affecting people to the north of the fire, along Morgan Valley Road and Reiff Road. No new orders were given during the night, Cal Fire spokesman Joe Fletcher said.

The Jerusalem fire has burned in mainly unpopulated, rugged land east of Hidden Valley Lake and northeast of Middletown. Dozens of people have been evacuated.

Fletcher said Wednesdays efforts were expected to focus on the southeast section of the fire. We dont want it moving further (toward) Napa County where there are some populated areas, he said.

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