Bay Area smoky skies due to Northern California fires

Graham Fraser right from Oceanside Calif. walks with his wife Ann Fraser as they leave the Tenaya Lodge after retrieving their belongings as a wildfire continues to burn Wednesday Aug. 30 2017 near Yosemite National Park in Fish Camp Calif. The

Fire in Butte County leads to evacuations

Officials say the fire was 0 percent contained as of Wednesday night and had burned about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) of land.

25 damaged, destroyed homes have been reported.

Cal Fire law enforcement officers arrested John Ballenger, 29, of Oroville, on Tuesday.

"He had a campfire burning 24-7", the district attorney said.

One of the scores of wildfires burning from California to Montana temporarily shut down the main travel route to the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno. The fire continues to spread to the north in steep and rugged terrain. However, Lamorinda officials in Contra Costa County say there are now no fires burning in the area. "A campfire should never be left unattended and must be extinguished completely before everyone leaves".

More firefighters are joining the more than 1,600 already battling the fire. Bucks Lake/Quincy homeowners and visitors should be aware that the Oro-Quincy Highway is closed at Foreman Road due to evacuations of Brush Creek, Berry Creek and Mountain House.

"If you're told to evacuate, you need to evacuate", Read said.


While structures, including the RV camps along the west side of Topaz Lake are threatened, none have burned, according to the report.

Fire crews increased containment to 30 percent overnight ahead of a statewide heat wave.

Read said the Wall Fire remained "fresh in everybody's minds". It's led to one injury - a dozer driver, who got too close to the flames, Cal Fire said in a release.

Homes along Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to Cal Fire-Butte County Station 51, including the community of Feather Falls, have also been ordered to evacuate. An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Ponderosa Community Center at 17103 Ponderosa Way in Brownsville.

Marin County is also experiencing heavy drift smoke from the several large fires.

Bower didn't have immediate information about the exact location of the fire or what tests may have taken place in the burn area in the past.

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