Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the San Francisco Bay Area.
The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures in ranchland northwest of Sacramento.
No injuries were reported and the exact number of people evacuated was unclear.
Autumn Edens marveled as a huge plume blocked the sun while she drove to her job as manager of the Corner Store in Guinda, a town of about 250 people just north of the fire.
Firefighters try to stop a wildfire as wind drives embers across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, California on Sunday
A helicopter drops water on a hillside as firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire near Clearlake Oaks
A firefighter scrambles to stop a wildfire as wind drives embers across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks
The fire sent smoke across the Bay Area, as far west as Petaluma and as far south as San Francisco and Redwood City, according to the National Weather Service in San Francisco
The fast-moving blaze that broke out Saturday in western Yolo County charred at least 34 square miles
The smoky haze settling on areas to the south and west was rattling nerves near wine country communities that were devastated by deadly wildfires late last year
'You can see the smoke and you can see an orange-red glow from the flames. It looks like a movie,' she said.
'I've never seen a fire like that up close and it's an intense feeling.'
It was one of two major wildfires in the northern part of the state, where temperatures were soaring,