A fast-growing wildfire that broke out over the weekend in Northern California, fueled by parched lands and high winds, prompted evacuations on Sunday and sent ash spewing over a wide area of the region, officials said. The wildfire remains at 15 percent contained.
More than 2,100 fire fighters have worked to control the blaze, which has threatened at least 116 structures and has crossed into Napa County.
The fire started Saturday June 23 and has burned more than 13,000 acres, according to CalFire.
The County Fire, which was sparked Saturday afternoon, is at 3 percent containment and has burned 44,500 acres as of 3:10 p.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire. They also say two structure task forces from central OR helped tremendously to protect homes while wildland crews focused on fighting the fire.
But that change is not likely to come until later tonight, said Anthony Brown, a firefighter and spokesman for Cal Fire.
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A court document says 52-year-old Jesper Joergensen initially said he had started a fire to burn trash but then said he had been grilling in a permanent fire pit the day before the blaze began.
"You have the triple digit temperatures, you have the winds as we discussed pushing that fire from the north".
For the latest evacuation information visit the Lake County Sheriff's Office's here.
This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in California right now, provided by CAL FIRE and Google. It moved quickly southward through Yolo County.
The blaze, labeled the Spring Fire, is one of six large wildfires burning in Colorado and is the largest at 123 square miles about five times the size of Manhattan.
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The smoke reached some 120 km south to San Francisco, leaving films of ash on cars and windows.
Several evacuated homes and ranches are situated in between the flames and the lake shore.
The area's hard terrain is making it hard for crews to build containment lines to prevent the fire from spreading, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Smoke rises in distance from County Fire near County Road 63 and Highway 16 in Rumsey Canyon in this #CountyFire image on social media in Brooks, California, U.S. on July 1, 2018.
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