Officials said thousands of evacuations have been prompted by fire officials as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state.
Washington and Oregon were also victims of wildfires as the West Coast suffered from the effects of drought and summer heat. The largest California wildfire was raging in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco.
That particular wild fire nearly tripled in size over the weekend to 84 square miles. Officials also said that the fires has destroyed 24 homes, 26 outbuildings and was threatening 6,300 homes, many of them ranches scattered in rural areas ranging from grasslands to steep hills.
The Sacramento Bee reported 12,000 people were ordered to evacuate homes and several roads have been closed. The fire continues to advance, even though the temperature dropped into the 80s Sunday and the humidity was up, the fire continued to advance.
There also have been some casualties from the wildfires. One firefighter was killed at the scene of a fire at the Modoc National Forest, 100 miles south of the Oregon border, and four other were burned in a blaze near Sacramento.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said that a lot of the California blazes were sparked by lightning. The danger was expected to continue with scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds forecast for some areas of Northern California into Monday.
The unpredictable weather leaves it undecided, whether fire crews would be able to make significant progress on the largest wildfires.
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