Wildfires cover Burney in smoky haze

Aug 2, 2014 7:37 PM by Charlene Cheng

Smoke is a common sight in the North State with multiple fires raging in the region.

"This is that time of year when we experience an uptick in the number of fires we respond to. These have been exacerbated by the strange weather, this monsoonal flow that came to Northern California in July, when it typically comes much later in the year," explained Mike Smith, a public information officer for CAL FIRE.

Firefighters are doing their best to contain the blazes, but forest terrain can be a challenge.

"Some of the fires up here, because of timber stands, can be extremely dangerous, and often times because we can't go directly to those fire lines and fight those large standing trees, we have to back off and allow those fires to come to us while we construct control lines," Smith said.

In Burney, the air is visibly hazy, thanks to smoke from three separate fires being pushed towards this direction.

"There is a little bit of ash coming out of the air. We could see it this morning. It was kind of like it was 6 o'clock in the morning all the way until about 11 o'clock in the morning. So you know, it's been kind of dusky and gloomy out," said Bill Rodeski, who owns a grocery store along Highway 299.

Some nearby residents have been evacuated from their homes, and they say that they're just hoping the flames stay away.

"It's not fun not knowing what's going to happen and just being in your own home and comfortable, but grateful that we're safe, and praying for the folks that lost their homes, and hoping and praying that no more homes get lost," Hat Creek resident Kristi Laughlin said.


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