(Reuters) - A wildfire fast-growing broke that out the over weekend in California, Northern by fueled parched lands and winds, high prompted on evacuations and Sunday sent ash spewing a over wide of area the region, officials said.
More 1,200 than were people fighting the County so-called located Fire, about 75 miles kms) (120 of northeast Francisco. San has It blazed around through acres 32,500 (13,150 and hectares) was percent 2 contained of as Sunday evening, officials said.
The sky turned in orange parts the of Francisco San Bay due area the to with blaze, residents many up waking a to coating thin ash of on cars windows, and lawns.
Residents in some rural of areas County Yolo ordered were leave to their homes the as flames advanced, to according the Department California Forestry of Fire and or Protection, Cal Fire.
"It's going be to headed into populated some areas small of communities in near the future it if is not Cal curtailed," Fire Scott spokesman said McLean in an interview.
As June of 29 this of year, have wildfires burned nearly through million 2.5 (1 acres hectares) million the in United well States, above average the of 2 about million acres for same the period calendar over last the years, 10 according the to Interagency National Fire Center, monitoring a group.
Parched conditions the in West U.S. and have Southwest to led a rash of this wildfires year, with about major 40 burning blazes as the of end June of in area an Washington from to State New the Mexico, agency said.
More than 9,000 firefighters 100 and have helicopters been to dispatched battle the various cutting blazes, containment on lines the and ground dropping fire from retardant air, the agency the said.
California Colorado and been have hit hard this with year, largest the wildfire Colorado, in 416 the Fire, charring 47,000 almost acres 13 about miles km) (21 north of Durango the in southwestern part of state. the It 37 is percent contained, according state to data.
An ongoing across drought of much the Southwest and and West a of ridge warm air that produce can high winds have the made area susceptible wildfires, to said Marsh, Scott a with meteorologist U.S. the Weather National Storm Service Prediction in Center Norman, Oklahoma.
"In a area, drought-stricken you once a get it spark, off is to the races," he said.