Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes

Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes

Smoke and ash was contributing to poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and California wine country.

The blaze broke out Saturday at around 2 p.m. on County Road 63 and Highway 16 in Rumsey Canyon, which prompted a complete closure of Highway 16 for some time. CalFire first reported a vegetation blaze at 2:12 p.m., which grew quickly over the next six hours, driven by "red-flag weather conditions consisting of high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity".

Most of the evacuations in effect Monday were due to a 78 square mile (202 square kilometer) wildfire in southern Colorado that authorities believe was human caused.

In Lake County, the Pawnee Fire has burned 22 structures and 14,700 acres. Fire weather conditions remain critical. Agencies from the Bay Area and from as far away as San Diego, Modoc and Mendocino counties have sent firefighters to the area, Anthony said.

There are multiple areas with mandatory evacuations around the fire and also numerous evacuation advisories.

An evacuation center has been set up at Guinda Grange Hall at 16487 Forest Avenue in Guinda.

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.

"What's unusual about this fire is really just the intensity of the fire at this particular point in the summer", Anthony said.

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"These fires are extremely aggressive and extremely fast moving", McLean said.

Wildfires have burned through almost 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) in the United States as of June 29, well above the average of about 2 million acres for the same calendar period over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. However, some people living in a few homes closest to the fire were not allowed to return Friday night. "So we need to get people out of the fire's path so we can get in and do our jobs". "Shifting winds have created numerous active portions of the fire that have the potential to increase fire spread", Cal Fire said late Sunday.

The fire that started Saturday in Yolo County, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast of San Francisco, spread to neighbouring Napa County as strong winds pushed smoke south, dusting cars and homes with a thin layer of grey ash.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Sunday that the summer monsoon should bring enough rain to Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico in early July to reduce the risk of major fires.

Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across a highway near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. It is 37 percent contained, according to state data.

Across the bridge in Marin County, some customers coughed as they stopped for gas at the Shell station in Sausalito, employee Sergio Garcia said.

Mule Skinner Road and Highway 20; Walker Ridge Road and Highway 20, and Highway 20 between Highway 16 and Highway 53 in Lake County are still closed.

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