Thousands flee as flames race across dry rural California

Thousands flee as flames race across dry rural California

The state of emergency issued Monday allows Lake County to receive more state resources to fight the Pawnee Fire and for recovery afterward.

600 structures are threatened and 12 building are already destroyed, according to CalFire.

Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the residential area of Spring Valley and surrounding areas.

Firefighters are battling four major blazes around the north valley Monday morning, with two each in Tehama and Shasta counties and one in Lake County.

Several other fires are burning in Northern California, including one 21 miles southeast of the Pawnee Fire just southwest of Hershey, another fire 21 miles northeast of Red Bluff, and a third, 8 miles southwest of Redding.

In Tehama County, the Stoll Fire has burned 300 acres, destroyed multiple homes and commercial buildings, and is now 60 percent contained. By 7:20 a.m. Sunday it had burned 3,000 acres and was 5 percent contained.

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The fire broke out at 5:23 p.m. Saturday near Pawnee Road and New Long Valley Road, burning 1,000 acres before midnight.

"It's kind of the worst possible combination", Cox said. A mandatory evacuation order remained in place for thousands of residents in the Spring Valley community.

Evacuations have been ordered in an area bordered by Highway 36, Paynes Creek Road, Plum Creek Road, and Little Giant Mill Road.

Earlier this month, a Colorado wildfire forced residents of more than 2,000 homes to evacuate. It was driven Sunday by low relative humidity, strong winds, and above normal temperatures.

Officials said hot weather, high winds and dry conditions are fueling the fires less than a year after California's costliest fires killed 44 people and tore through the state's wine country in October, causing an estimated $10 billion in damage.

As a reminder, an evacuation center is staged at Lower Lake High School (9430 Lake St.) and an animal evacuation center at the Social Service Center (15975 Anderson Ranch Pkwy).

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