California wildfire forces evacuations

Associated Press

Fresno, Calif. — More than 200 people were ordered from their homes when a wildfire jumped a containment line an hour east of California’s Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state Tuesday.

The week-old fire received a burst of energy, driven by rising temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

It sent up a smoke plume visible for miles.

The flare-up in a rugged and steep terrain of Solano County quickly burned through 150 acres. The fire has charred more than 10 square miles and firefighters had it mostly contained, despite the flare-up.

“With the winds picking up, they’re challenging us,” he said, adding that firefighters have dug a secondary containment line. “We’re hoping those lines will hold it where it’s at.”

In the Central California foothills, residents remain under orders to be prepared to evacuate because of the fire.

Temperatures throughout Northern California started climbing Tuesday and could hit 108 Wednesday.