Northern California’s wind-driven Pawnee Fire has grown by more than 6,000 acres, officials said, as a dozen structures have gone up in smoke and hundreds more are at risk.
Fire authorities said the blaze had burned more than 7,700 acres by late Sunday, up from the 1,500 acres they announced earlier.
About 600 homes in Lake County, near San Francisco, were under evacuation orders on Monday morning. Those who stayed were advised to limit water use so firefighters can battle the flames.
The community of Spring Valley was evacuated Saturday, and the order was extended to all roads accessed by Old Long Valley Road and New Long Valley Road, north of Highway 20. About 3,000 people live in the affected area.
The fire began Saturday and burned through thick brush on mountainous terrain. It increased in size when cooler temperatures and gusty winds arrived Sunday, and remains uncontained.