Air tankers and helicopters helped hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe that has now burned nearly 15,000 acres, or half the size of San Francisco.
Evacuations are underway in the area of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe after a wildfire broke out over the weekend and exploded to first 6,500 acres, and then 9,500 acres by Monday afternoon.
Summer arrived in California on Sunday with fire season in full swing, as crews knocked down dozens of small blazes throughout the state and slowed the spread of a huge forest fire in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, though most areas dodged any serious destruction.
Thousands of acres of forest land in California were ablaze Friday as wildfires continued to expand near Yosemite and in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.
A wildfire sparked by a turkey vulture that caught fire after shorting out two power lines according to a witness burned parts of an RV and two properties in Martinez Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $80,000 in damage, a fire official said.
Fire officials say a lightning-sparked fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is growing extremely slowly, allowing crews to gently back it down toward containment lines.
Fire officials say a lightning-sparked wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest remained at 1,480 acres overnight, with containment at 20 percent as of Sunday morning.
Fire officials Saturday said a lightning-sparked blaze in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has grown to 1,331 acres and is about 5 percent contained.
Firefighters are responding to the scene of a two-alarm fire in San Jose today, according to a fire dispatcher.