Wildfires – California, USA
In Northern California, the County Fire has burned about 134 square miles and is 27 percent contained in Napa and Yolo Counties. The blaze threatens 1,500 structures, but none has been destroyed or damaged. Roughly 2,500 people have been forced from their homes since the blaze started Saturday. This week in the Bay Area, about 75 miles south of the fires, falling ash was reported, and the San Francisco sky turned orange from the smoke.
Wildfires – Colorado, USA
Huge wildfires roared across the bone-dry western USA on Thursday, including Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire, the state’s third-largest on record. That fire has destroyed 100 homes and forced the evacuations of 2,000 other homes. The blaze is near Fort Garland, roughly 205 miles southwest of Denver. Nearly 1,000 firefighters worked to gain control of the fire in unpredictable winds, but it’s been only slightly contained since it ignited June 27. As of Thursday morning, the fire was 161 square miles, roughly seven times the size of Manhattan.
A 300-foot-high tsunami of wildfire swept over a subdivision overnight turning an untold number of homes into cinders and making unprecedented acreage gains in the middle of the night when wildfires are normally docile, authorities say, raising home toll to 251.