California's raging Caldor Fire southwest of Lake Tahoe crossed Highway 50 on Saturday as high winds pushed the blaze closer to more homes and communities. As of its last mapping on Sunday evening, the fire has burned 104,309 acres and is 5 percent contained.
The Dixie Fire grew to 700,630 acres (1,094 square miles) Friday morning as hot and dry air propelled the fire to burn actively overnight. The fire now spans an area larger than Sacramento County and has charred an area twice the size of the city of Los Angeles. Despite growth of over 22,000 acres between Thursday and Friday, crews were able to hold containment at 35%.
The Monument Fire, burning in Trinity County, grew to 142,250 acres Friday morning, marking a 7,000-acre increase from Thursday morning. Containment remains at 10%.
The McFarland Fire, which began in the same lightning storm as the Monument Fire, spanned 115,996 acres Friday morning with 52% containment. The fire grew just under 5,000 acres from Thursday to Friday.
Nine national forests in California are closed today as firefighters struggle to contain 11 large wildfires.