Northern California wildfires burn 23,000 acres

A pair of wildfires in Northern California have collectively burned more than 23,000 acres over four days and prompted a number of evacuations.

Cal Fire said the Gold Fire has burned 14,000 acres south of Adin since it began on Monday, while the Hog Fire 50 miles south has burned 9,420 acres since it was first reported on Saturday west of Susanville. Both blazes are located in Lassen County.

The Gold Fire is 5% contained and a Red Flag Warning in the county will remain in effect until 9 p.m. due to thunderstorms and strong winds which increase the possibility of more ignitions in the area.

Cal Fire said the Hog Fire was 9% contained and an essential fiber optic cable was damaged by the fire early Monday.

The blaze has threatened 170 structures and more than 200 fire personnel including engines, dozers and water tenders were deployed.

Photo Credit : https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/us-wildfires-plummeted-2019-experts-say-it-won-t-last

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