There are 150 firefighters, 23 engine companies, two helicopters and four air tankers battling the blaze, which grew from a little more than 20 acres to 1,200 acres in less than six hours, Cal Fire said.
More than 1.66 million acres burned in California
On Friday, officials warned that weather conditions in California through the weekend could be dangerous for fire activity, potentially making the state’s wildfire season even more devastating.
A red flag warning is issued when imminent weather conditions may result in extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. Those conditions include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels and/or the possibility of dry lightning strikes, according to Cal Fire. Air quality alerts are also in effect for parts of California due to the smoke.
The Caldor Fire, which has been burning east of Sacramento for more than two weeks, is state’s number one priority, Cal Fire said.