Evacuations Ordered as Winds Fuel Northern California Fires

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Another blaze, dubbed the "Pawnee Fire", is three-quarters contained but has burnt through around 14,500 acres in Lake County, CNN reported.

Cal Fire said 30 structures are threatened by the County Fire as it sears through farmland.

Meanwhile, a change in wind conditions have brought smoke from the fires into the Sacramento Valley. According to a Calfire update at 7 p.m. today, the wildfire stands at 13,850 acres and is 73 percent contained, with full containment expected on July 3.

Lauderbale says about 300 people are under mandatory evacuation orders and more than 100 buildings are under threat in the area that's home to cattle and horse ranches. The Rumsey Fire, which started near Camp Haswell north of Rumsey, also burned south and jumped into Napa County near the Berryessa-Knoxville Road. Two evacuation centers were set up, including Huerfano Community Center and one at Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Haze is visible to the west of Boulder, and the smell of smoke had creeped into the east side of the city Thursday evening. Extreme fire behavior has been observed, according to Cal Fire, with shifting winds creating numerous areas that have the potential to increase its rate of spread.

"When we put those evacuation warnings into effect, those orders into effect, people need to heed those".

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Autumn Edens of Guinda, a town just north of the fire, told the Associated Press: "You can see the smoke and you can see an orange-red glow from the flames".

The agency forecast significantly above-normal large fire for July across the U.S. West.

While those affected by heavy smoke should find shelter indoors with filtered air Sunday and Monday, smoke from the fires could be pushed out of the region by some westerly winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, the air quality management district said.

The fire, which actually extended through Yolo, Napa and Lake counties, started Saturday afternoon near Lake Berryessa and spread quickly. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all homes between the fire and County Road 22, 9 News reported. The National Weather Service predicted a high of 92 degrees on Sunday in Lake County.

"Crews are establishing a line around it and getting control on some areas".

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