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Smoke from Yolo County fire drifting over Bay Area

Smoke from fires in Yolo County and beyond drifted into the Bay Area Saturday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, smoke from the County Fire — formerly the Guinda Fire — spread west into Petaluma, and south into Oakland, San Francisco and down the Peninsula as far as Redwood City.

By Saturday afternoon, the fire had grown to 1,000 acres, with high temperatures and gusty winds fanning the flames and prompting evacuations in the area. Just to the northwest, the Pawnee Fire had burned nearly 14,000 acres as of Saturday evening and was 73 percent contained.

Smoke from the fires was also reported across much of the North Bay, which was ravaged by fires last October. But officials in Napa and Sonoma said Saturday afternoon that residents in the two towns were in no immediate danger.

With weather conditions expected to remain hot and dry through the Fourth of July holiday, Cal Fire on Friday urged people to avoid setting off illegal fireworks, which can spark wild fires.

“Wildfire activity has significantly increased during the last several weeks and California continues to experience volatile, unstable fire conditions,” Cal Fire Director Ken Pimott said in a statement.


Source: East Bay Smoke from Yolo County fire drifting over Bay Area

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