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San Francisco, Jul 2 Californian authorities have issued red flag weather warnings and mandatory evacuation orders after a series of wildfires fanned by high winds and hot temperatures ripped through thousands of acres. Containment of the wildfire improved slightly, from 3 to 5 percent.

Winds that seem relatively calm on the valley floor are gusting up to 25 miles per hour on the ridgetops, and with temperatures high and humidity low, the more than 2,000 fire personnel battling the County Fire are eager for a break in fortunes. According to a Calfire report at 9:35 p.m. Sunday, the Pawnee Fire in Lake County is now at 14,500 acres but remains at 73 percent containment. Several structures have been lost since the fire started Sunday, but it's unclear how many, said Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands.

The rates of spread were unsafe and explosive. He said he tried to put it out but caught a blanket on fire and burned himself.

Meanwhile, officials have issued evacuation advisories for the Berryessa Highlands, Markley Cove Resort and Pleasure Cove resort. But there are also quite a few additional fires that you'll want to keep an eye on today. It is in the rural community of Guinda in Yolo County. Ten engines, two crews and three water tenders will stay on the fire for continued mop-up and patrol.

The largest blaze, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, has burned almost 23,000 hectares, destroyed an unknown number of structures, and has forced the hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, fire officials said. Smoke and ash are contributing to poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and California wine country. For the latest evacuation updates, see the Lake Sheriff's website.

This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in California right now, provided by CAL FIRE and Google.

Joergensen, who reported the wildfire about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver, said he woke up Wednesday from a nap, smelled smoke and saw a fire burning in sage brush about 20 feet (6 meters) away from the fire pit.


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