Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes

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The United States is in the midst of a more-active-than-usual fire season, with the risk significantly above normal for many western states, according to federal forecasters. Cal fire says the fire is burning towards south towards Solano County and west towards Lake Berryessa.

According the arrest affidavit, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent told investigators Joergensen had an expired visa and was living in the country illegally.

Areas around Purgatory Resort on Monday afternoon are expected to reach moderate to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, such as children and seniors. The homes that are threatened about 129 kilometres southeast of Salt Lake City are not primary residences.

The fire is threatening about seven to 10 cabins that are used as seasonal homes, not primary residences. In a statement, Cal Fire added that only two percent of the blaze had been contained. Investigators have not released other details except to say that they don't think he intentionally started the fire. An air warning is in place as the blazes rip through Northern California.

"The potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in hard terrain", Cal Fire said in a daily wildfire update. No injuries were reported and the exact number of people evacuated was unclear.

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Over the weekend, San Francisco Bay Area residents woke up to orange skies and a dusting of smoke and ash.

Hot, dry conditions are fueling blazes in several states in the U.S. West.

Just under a year since the deadliest firestorms in state history, intense wildfire has returned to the region, fanned by high winds and hot temperatures.

Cooperating crews were able to contain the fire to the garage and kitchen areas of the home, allowing much of the structure to be intact, according to the Madison County Fire Department.

Instead, Lewis and his family will spend the holiday nervously waiting to hear if a half century of family memories go up in smoke because of the fire, which has grown to 47 square miles (122 square kilometers).

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