- The Mosquito Fire consumed over 10 square miles.
- The fire is 0% extinguished as of Thursday morning.
- The photo shows a burnt-out car and firefighters fighting the flames.
A mosquito fire burning in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada quadrupled in size by Thursday morning.
The blaze now covers over 10 square miles and is 0% contained, according to Cal Fire. Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued in Placer and Eldorado counties.
Cal Fire reports that fighting the fire is difficult due to steep and inaccessible terrain.
“This fire continues to give us a hard time as we’ve seen the plumes rise,” said California Fire Department Chief Mike Rufenacht, according to the Associated Press.
Several structures were destroyed, including houses. The photo shows a burnt-out car and firefighters spraying water on a scorching landscape. Video footage showed large pyrocumulus clouds forming over the fire, which can occur when the hot air from wildfires cools and condenses.
California has seen an increase in fires in recent days as extreme heat hit the state with 14 large fires over Labor Day weekend. His one fire burning in Southern California, called the Fairview Fire, had doubled in size by Thursday morning and reached more than 30 square miles.
Click the slideshow above to see photos of Mosquito Fire.
Details from WEATHER.COM: Pictures of the Fairview Fires in California
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