Rural Northern California Wildfire Threatens 700 Buildings

Frederick Owens
July 4, 2018

But the danger remains high through the end of July in Utah and parts of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Most of the evacuations were tied to an 230-square-kilometre wildfire in southern Colorado that led to the arrest of a Danish man on arson charges.

For the latest evacuation information visit the Lake County Sheriff's Office's here. They say it could be days before this monster fire is under control.

ICE has requested that Joergensen be turned over to them should he be released from jail.

A second wildfire is also burning to the northwest of the County Fire.

Fire crews and air tankers are battling a 8,000-acre wildfire south of Guinda on Saturday afternoon.

The fire threatened about 700 homes, a local NBC affiliate reported, as authorities issued evacuation orders and advisories to hundreds of residents. The cause of the fire is listed as "under investigation".

"We believe the lines will hold, but it's always good to get a test of the lines", she said.

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No homes have burned, said fire spokesman Christian Hornbaker.

No historic sites or cultural landmarks are now threatened by the fire.

About 500 firefighters have worked to contain the flames since the fire began Wednesday. Similar weather is fueling blazes in several Western states.

It is threatening 100 buildings and has forced evacuations. It sparked amid a regional fire hazard warning in place throughout the day Saturday and into Sunday morning, due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusting winds.

The document also said three people were initially listed as being unaccounted for after the fire broke out but it's not clear if those people were later found. Over the weekend, smoke and ash from the fire drifted over the Bay Area, reminding residents of last year's horrific blazes and partially blocking out the sun.

Another blaze, dubbed the "Pawnee Fire", is three-quarters contained but has burnt through around 14,500 acres in Lake County, CNN reported. In comparison, a deadly wildfire that destroyed whole neighbourhoods in Sonoma County past year burned 57 square miles (147 square kilometres).

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