San Francisco skies turn orange as wildfires return to Northern California


In Colorado, more than 2,500 homes were under evacuation orders as firefighters battled more than half a dozen wildfires around the state.

"The Red Flag Warning has expired however conditions remain hot and dry and winds remain erratic".

The smoke reached some 75 miles (120 km) south to San Francisco, leaving films of ash on cars and windows.

Reports on social media show ash falling in flakes in the Bay Area.

"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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The smoke from the Yolo fires has drifted toward San Francisco.

A year ago was California's deadliest on record for fires.

When asked about where the fire began by Costilla County sheriff's deputies who were among the first to respond to the blaze, Joergensen said it started near his home.

The fourth spot is held by the Missionary Ridge Fire, which ripped through 71,739 acres, also north of Durango.

"Usually with a fire we can chase it. we haven't been able to chase this because it keeps going in at least three different directions", Greer said.

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The fire started Saturday June 23 and has burned more than 13,000 acres, according to CalFire.

Firefighters worked through the night to halt a wildfire burning at a golf course in the northwest corner of Grand Lake, authorities say. Cal fire says the fire is burning towards south towards Solano County and west towards Lake Berryessa.

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Monday announced plans to improve disaster preparedness and develop policies to better deal with the wildfires that are plaguing California, citing the historic fires that hit the state past year.

The County Fire, which broke out on Saturday afternoon in rural Yolo County, west of Sacramento, blackened more than 24,280 hectares of grass and brush and was only five per cent contained late on Monday.

The fire has scorched about 25 square kilometres near Strawberry Reservoir and officials believe it is human-caused but are investigating, said Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands.

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