Northern California wildfires: Residents told to prepare to be away from home for days

Posted at 10:14 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 13:14:10-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California fire officials are cautiously optimistic after dodging a major lightning storm, but they are pleading with residents to stay out of evacuation zones and prepare for days away from home.

Three massive San Francisco Bay Area wildfires continue to rage, suffocating the region with smoky air. The wildfires have caused at least seven deaths.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says this week will be critical as more than 14,000 firefighters battle 17 major fire complexes sparked by lightning sieges during hot weather.

The blazes have destroyed about 1,200 homes and other buildings and singed coastal redwoods.

Temperatures are expected to be hot again this week.