Authorities in Northern California on Monday ordered the evacuation of around 2,500 residents as a forest fire threatened to cut access to a rural community, Reuters reported.
The Pawnee Fire has burnt 7,700 acres of land so far, destroyed 12 houses and is threatening to destroy 600 others, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. More than 230 firefighters have been deployed to tackle the blaze.
The fire, which began on Saturday, has been fuelled by winds and high temperatures. It is one of several fires burning in California currently, with parts of the state on high alert on Sunday.
Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the Spring Valley area, AP reported. Matthew Henderson, who took photographs in the area, said he saw the fire jump a road at one point, briefly cutting off access to part of Spring Valley until firefighters took control.
Another fire – Stoll Fire – destroyed “multiple residential and commercial buildings” in Tehama County, the fire department said. The fire has been halfway contained and some evacuees have been allowed to return home.
Tehama County reported the Lane Fire as well, which consumed 14 square kilometers, but did not damage buildings. It was 10% contained. The Creek Fire in Shasta County also led to evacuations, and has been 20% contained, AP reported.
The cause of each fire is being investigated.