California wildfires turn San Francisco sky eerie yellow

Wildfire near Grand Lake forces evacuations	 	 	 			Source John Williams

Wildfire near Grand Lake forces evacuations Source John Williams

Firefighters on Tuesday made some progress in containing the largest of several wildfires burning in Northern California. Containment of the wildfire improved slightly, from 3 to 5 percent.

"The potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in hard terrain", Cal Fire said in an advisory.

Meanwhile, the Pawnee Fire, which broke out about a week-and-a-half ago in Lake County, has burned 14,900 acres and is now 80 percent contained.

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. Evacuations are still in effect for the community of Double Eagle.

The spokesperson also said Cal Fire is asking people to use caution when lighting up fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

In Colorado, firefighters were hampered by adverse weather conditions to combat flames in six major wildfires that have charred more than 100,000 acres across the state, said Larry Helmerick, spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center.

Shifting winds have been a challenge.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation advisory on Monday for the Berryessa Highlands, Markley Cove, and Pleasure Cove Resorts.

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Instead, Lewis and his family will spend the holiday nervously waiting to hear if a half-century of family memories go up in smoke because of the fire, which has grown to 47 square miles. If you take a stroll along Highway 128 in Yolo County you'll encounter smoke.

In Utah, authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir southeast of Salt Lake City amid hot temperatures and high winds.

The sky turned orange in parts of the San Francisco Bay area due to the blaze, with many residents waking up to a thin coating of ash on windows, cars and lawns.

No deaths or injuries had been reported as of Sunday afternoon in connection with the fire.

State emergency management officials reported nine other fires remained active around the state on Sunday.

This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in California right now, provided by CAL FIRE and Google.

West of State Highway 16 to Berryessa Knoxville Road.

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