More Evacuations Ordered as Smoke from Wildfires Adds Apocalyptic Glow to San Francisco, California

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Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke into the San Francisco Bay Area and adding a post-apocalyptic shade of orange to the city on Sunday, reports Mashable.

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Firefighters work to control a fire as flames from the County Fire jump across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, California, on July 1. Credit: Mashable

Just under a year since the deadliest firestorms in state history, intense wildfire has returned to the region, fanned by high winds and hot temperatures. Smoke and ash from fires burning in the Yolo and Lake counties filled the sky about 75 miles south in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday morning, giving the city a foreboding orange filter.

The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures in ranchland northwest of Sacramento. No injuries were reported and the exact number of people evacuated was unclear. Smoke from the fire was contributing to poor air quality in Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, according to the National Weather Service.

“You can see the smoke and you can see an orange-red glow from the flames. It looks like a movie,” a resident said. “I’ve never seen a fire like that up close and it’s an intense feeling.”

A blaze burning for several days to the west in Lake County jumped containment lines Saturday, prompting additional evacuation orders. That fire was more than 70 percent contained after charring about 22 square miles of brush and destroying at least 20 structures.

Officials urged people not to call 911 about smoke unless they see actively burning fire.

Stay safe, folks. Wildfire season is upon us.

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