COLUSA COUNTY (CBS/AP) – State fire officials are planning to bring in more resources to battle a pair of wildfires in Northern California that doubled in size overnight and is threatening nearly two dozen residences.
The fires in Colusa County – referred to as the Sixteen Complex – had grown to more than 11 square miles as of Thursday morning.READ MORE: BART Service Nears Pre-Pandemic Level Monday as Hours Expand
They were fueled by strong winds from a thunderstorm system that also pummeled the region with lightning strikes.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wednesday’s lightning sparked dozens of fires in the eastern Sacramento foothills, with Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras counties hit particularly hard.READ MORE: 4 Die in Helicopter Crash in Colusa County North of Sacramento
Those fires burned a small number of acres before they were contained.
Containing the Sixteen Complex in Colusa County, however, has proven harder. The fire is 10 percent contained and has resulted in an evacuation advisory for the Cortina Rancheria area.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Digital Payment Company Square to Buy Afterpay in $29 Billion Deal
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