Wildfires Raging in Northern California, Authorities Struggle to Evacuate Residents

Wildfires are spreading quickly and raging all across Northern California, with parched lands and high winds only speeding up the fires which prompt evacuation and discharging large amounts of ashes over the region, Newsweek reported.

At least 1,200 people have been fighting the so-called County Fire, around 75 miles northeast of San Francisco, which broke out on Saturday. It has blazed through around 32,500 acres (13,150 hectares) and was 2 percent contained as of Sunday evening, officials said.

Rural area residents received orders to leave their homes as the flames were spreading, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

“Firefighters have worked throughout the day to establish control lines. Fire weather conditions remain critical. Extreme fire behavior has been observed. Shifting winds have created numerous active portions of the fire that have the potential to increase fire spread,” one Cal Fire statement read.

Photos posted on social media show an eerie orange sky over the streets of San Francisco.

Meanwhile, the so-called Pawnee Fire, which started more than a week ago, continues to burn in Lake County near the Mendocino National Forest, 70 miles northwest of Sacramento.

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