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>> A wildfire in Northern California continued to burn on Wednesday and the National Weather Service is warning that wind gusts of up 25 mph could hamper firefighters efforts to contain it. The fire dubbed the County Fire broke out on Saturday afternoon in rural Yolo County west of Sacramento.
While the fires haven't damaged any structures so far, officials have ordered residents of some 1,300 homes to evacuate, as a precaution. Federal forecasters have warned that the western states in the US have significantly higher risks of wild fire this season. In Colorado, firefighters also face hot temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds on Wednesday, as they battle eight major blazes in the drought stricken state.
The largest wildfire there, the Spring fire, has destroyed over 100 homes, or seen the evacuations of several small communities. Meanwhile, the county fire in California was 25% contained, with about 2,900 firefighters battling the flames. The smoke has drifted as far south as San Francisco, leaving a film of ash on cars and windows, but no casualties have been reported so far.