Northern California Wildfire Forces Evacuations

20 July 2020

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USA – A wildfire burning in hot, dry conditions in Northern California forced evacuations overnight Saturday.

The Badger Fire is burning outside Yreka in Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border. Evacuation orders were in place for the community of Hawkinsville, according to a Sunday morning incident report from Cal Fire.

The fire had burned about 450 acres and was 15% contained.

The blaze started Saturday. The cause was still under investigation.

Much of Northern California is at above-normal risk for wildfire danger through the month of July, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The U.S Drought Monitor also shows parts of the region in extreme drought conditions.

“The fire is burning in an area where hot, dry conditions are expected at the beginning of this week,” meteorologist Chris Dolce said Sunday. “A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service Monday and Tuesday as high temperatures rise toward the low 100s.”

The Badger Fire is one of several burning across the state. The largest is the Mineral Fire, which has scorched about 44 square miles of land near Coalinga in Fresno County, where evacuations were ordered and at least four structures were destroyed. The blaze started July 13 and was 49% contained as of Monday morning.

Evacuations were also ordered over the weekend for areas near Susanville in Northern California as the so-called Hog Fire burned more than 9 square miles, according to Cal Fire. The blaze had no containment as of Monday morning, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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