Lightning-Sparked Wildfires Burn in Northern California

Heavy black smoke rises as a wildfire burns dozens of acres in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles seen from nearby Burbank Calif. Friday afternoon Sept. 1 2017. Subdivisions full of houses are within a mile of the flames and residents of three streets

Airtankers dumped retardant on flaming desert shrubs in Nevada, just 40 miles from the massive counter-culture event.

A 747 SuperTanker drops retardant while battling the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville, Calif., on August 30, 2017.

In California, temperatures exceeding 110 will be possible in interior valley areas east of San Francisco Bay on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened. Cal Fire said the fire was 10 percent contained.

Nevada National Security Site spokeswoman Tracy Bower said the lightning-sparked fire covered nearly 4 square miles (10 square kilometers), but it wasn't considered a threat to people or buildings.

More than 1,000 nuclear detonations occurred at the 1,360-square-mile (3522-square-kilometer) secure federal reservation from 1951 to 1992.

Fire crews battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes near the Northern California town of Oroville were able to slow its growth overnight.

Governor Brown said he issued the emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Ponderosa Fire which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

The man charged with starting the fire, John Ballenger, made his first court appearance in Butte County Superior Court on Friday, District Attorney Michael Ramsey said in a telephone interview.

The fire Wednesday was burning in dry manzanita, timber and brush northwest of Forbestown, Read said.

Though mandatory evacuation orders were imposed, many Lumpkin Road residents elected to shelter in place, Chavez said.

The fire department says approximately 50 homes are being threatened.

It's one of many wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including blazes in and around California's Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park, shuttered the iconic Wawona Hotel and evacuated nearby towns.

Air quality from wildfire smoke is a problem in Montana and OR, where athletic events — from kayaking and half-marathons to high school football games — have been postponed in the outdoors-loving state.

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