Evacuations Ordered as Winds Fuel Northern California Fires

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Two major wildfires in Northern California have rapidly spread, forcing about 300 people from their homes. The fire is now sending smoke across the bay area after doubling in size overnight. The fire started about 2:12 p.m. Saturday in the unincorporated area of Guinda in Yolo County. The fire is burning beetle-killed timber above 10,000 feet in the Williams Fork area of Grand County. The County Fire is only 3 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and is continuing to grow.

That fire was more than 70 percent contained after charring about 22 square miles of brush and destroying at least 20 structures. Fire weather conditions remain critical, and "extreme fire behavior" has been observed, Cal Fire says. No injuries were reported. 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.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for residences off of Highway 128 between Monticello Dam and Pleasant Valley Road, east of Berryessa Knoxville Road and south of County Road 23. Previous evacuation centers at Guinda Grange Hall and in Winters have now closed.

"I'm imagining what they're going through", she said.

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The fires have blazed through more than 36,000 acres of land, according to Quartz.

"When we put those evacuation warnings into effect, those orders into effect, people need to heed those". "So we don't want to see it go up in flames". "The fires seem to be getting larger and more damaging across the landscape". "Shifting winds have created numerous active portions of the fire that have the potential to increase fire spread", Cal Fire said late Sunday.

Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across a highway near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. The National Weather Service predicted a high of 92 degrees on Sunday in Lake County. Containment is still at 73% and fire managers hope to have it suppressed by July 5th. "Fires are moving faster than they have in the past", Cal-Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony said. The Pawnee Fire is the source of the closure.

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