Ash Falls in the Bay Area as Wildfires Scorch Northern California

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October fires in the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma valleys, north of San Francisco, killed some 40 people, razed some 245,000 acres of forest and scrub, and destroyed more than 7,000 homes and buildings. It was five percent contained as of Sunday night.

Due to the erratic wind behaviour, it's heading wherever it wants to head at the moment.

Also, on Tuesday firefighters will begin pulling equipment, pumps and hoses from the U-shaped southern perimeter of the fire for reassignment, Eriksen said.

"It's our duty to save life and property", he said. Officials ordered about 300 people to leave their homes near Lake Berryessa in neighbouring Napa County as flames bore down. No casualties have been reported.

Cal Fire is battling a monster fire in Yolo County which exploded in size overnight.

Recent wildfire across California have turned the sky orange, according to a slew of new photos from the Golden State.

Besides the risk of lightning triggering new fires, Kris Eriksen, lead spokeswoman with the National Incident Management Organization overseeing the 416 Fire, said gusts from 40 to 50 miles per hour could accompany thunderstorms - posing a danger to firefighters and offering a test of fire lines.

A wildfire burning in hot and dry conditions in Utah has forced the evacuation of about seven to 10 seasonal cabins near a popular fishing reservoir.

The blaze, which started at 5:21 p.m. Saturday, had burned 13,700 acres as of 7 a.m. today, fire officials said.

It's one of two major wildfires in the northern part of the state, where temperatures are soaring and winds are relentless.

The Madison County Fire Department says they teamed up with multiple volunteer fire departments to tackle the blaze in the Kirksville Road area.

The Pawnee Fire was coming under control today when a flareup prompted more evacuations of residents and businesses in California.

Winds that blew huge clouds of smoke south from the County Fire and Pawnee Fire into the Bay Area over the weekend continued Monday.

At Sunday's public update, officials said they do not believe Joergensen started the fire intentionally.

A wildfire burns grasses at a livestock ranch in Guinda Sunday.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Double Eagle.

A second wildfire is also burning to the northwest of the County Fire.

It wasn't immediately known how much land had burned. PREVIOUSLY: Caltrans is reporting that sections of Highway 20 will remain closed between State Route 53 and State Route 16, at least until 8 a.m. on Monday.