Crews scramble to protect homes from fierce California wildfire

Crews scramble to protect homes from fierce California wildfire

Crews scramble to protect homes from fierce California wildfire

San Francisco, Jul 2 Californian authorities have issued red flag weather warnings and mandatory evacuation orders after a series of wildfires fanned by high winds and hot temperatures ripped through thousands of acres.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said one blaze that ignited on Saturday in western Yolo County spread over the weekend to neighbouring Napa County.

Cal Fire is battling a monster fire in Yolo County which exploded in size overnight.

Images on social media showed an eerie yellow smoke over the bay city as the fire continued to burn. About 116 structures faced an imminent threat as of Monday morning, he said.

"I think this is the worst fire I've seen in 25 years", Greer added.

The largest of several wildfires burning in Northern California has scorched 70,000 acres in Napa and Yolo counties, and late Monday night authorities warned of the potential for additional evacuations due to the County Fire.

The sheriff's office announced on Twitter that the Sugarloaf Fire is burning in Grand County but not in the area near Nederland that is also called Sugarloaf.

The Pawnee Fire sits at 14,700 acres with 75 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Experts say that global warming increases the risk of out-of-control blazes by drying out vegetation, making it more inflammable and easily set alight by lightning, spontaneous combustion, or fires lit by humans.

Wilson said the mill fire has been burning since a year ago in areas of sawdust and bark where firefighters typically don't go because of associated hazards.

No homes have burned, said fire spokesman Christian Hornbaker. The breakdown of resources at the fire remained unchanged at the 8 a.m. update.

Just over 2,200 firefighters worked the Pawnee Fire as of Saturday evening.

Multiple agencies are battling a fire in Warm Springs that began burning Monday. The cause remains under investigation.

"Usually with a fire we can chase it. we haven't been able to chase this because it keeps going in at least three different directions", Greer said.

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