Wildfires Continue Threat in Northern California

Hundreds Forced to Evacuate, Structures Destroyed as Pawnee Fire Burns in Lake County, California

Red Bluff and Paynes Creek fires cause evacuations

That fire was under control and almost extinguished, Cal Fire reported.

The Tehama County Lane Fire off Highway 36 in Paynes Creek has already spread to 3,000 acres and fire personnel report it is 20 percent contained as of Monday morning.

The Pawnee Fire is one of several large fires now burning in Northern California.

She is staying with her daughter in nearby Middletown, a small city devastated by wildfire in 2015. Yesterday's mandatory evacuation remains in effect, but it does not appear that any new evacuations have been ordered (see below for details).

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire above the Spring Lakes community on Sunday, June 24, 2018., near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. The causes of the other fires are under investigation. "It's a good reminder that fire season is upon us", he said.

From there, fire crews from all over Lake County and Mendocino County reached the area from Spring Valley Road, Wolf Creek Road, and Quail Trail.

Firefighters are battling the fire and residents are fleeing the Pawnee fire before Cal Fire can begin to determine if a PG&E line is also the cause.

The Stoll fire, north of Chico, had burned 300 acres (120 hectares) and destroyed multiple homes since breaking out on Saturday, according to CalFire, but was 60 percent contained on Monday.

Residents of roughly 600 homes in the remote area were ordered to pack up and leave.

Smoke from Northern California fires and a 162-acre fire in Tuolumne County are not affecting air quality in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Air Quality Management District.

A fast-spreading wildfire threatened to cut off access to a rural community in northern California on Monday, forcing authorities to order the evacuation of about 3,000 residents.

"What's happened with the more warming climate is we get low humidity and higher winds and then when we get a fire that's worse than it's been in those 50 years", Steele said. An evacuation center has been established at Lower Lake High School, located at 9430 Lake Street. New Long Valley and Old Long Valley roads are closed at Highway 20.

Caltrans will also update road information on Facebook and Twitter immediately if the Pawnee Fire closes State Route 20.

"Right now, there's fire burning actively in the hills behind all these homes", Capt. Jordan Motta of Cal Fire said late Sunday.

The fire is centered about 70 miles north of California's Napa region, which was ravaged by the Thomas Fire in December, the largest recorded fire in the state's history.

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