Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A massive wildfire in rural Northern California has exploded in size and forced evacuations in hot, dry weather that is sweeping through several western states where blazes are threatening thousands of homes.

The fast-moving fire that started over the weekend northwest of Sacramento grew dramatically to about 94 square miles (243 square kilometers) by Monday night, largely burning out of control in rugged terrain with a few cattle and horse ranches and sending smoke and ash as far south as San Francisco.

State fire officials said 700 homes and other buildings were threatened but none had burned.

The fire that started Saturday about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco spread as strong winds pushed smoke south, dusting cars and homes with a thin layer of gray ash. About 300 people were told to flee their homes. No injuries were reported. (AP)

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<p>Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A rabbit flees as a wildfire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A rabbit flees as a wildfire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A wildfire burns grasses at a livestock ranch in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A wildfire burns grasses at a livestock ranch in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

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<p>In this long exposure photo, fire burns behind Cache Creek Casino Resort near Guinda, Calif. near on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

In this long exposure photo, fire burns behind Cache Creek Casino Resort near Guinda, Calif. near on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Smoke from a wildfire rises above sunflowers in Citrona, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Smoke from a wildfire rises above sunflowers in Citrona, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Flames rise around an outbuilding as the County fire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the San Francisco Bay Area. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Flames rise around an outbuilding as the County fire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the San Francisco Bay Area. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A water dropping helicopter works the scene as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A water dropping helicopter works the scene as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Flames rise above outbuilding as the County fire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Flames rise above outbuilding as the County fire burns in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Inmate firefighters leave an assignment while battling a wildfire in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Inmate firefighters leave an assignment while battling a wildfire in Guinda, Calif., July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A fire vehicle is surrounded by flames as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A fire vehicle is surrounded by flames as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters battle a wildfire burning in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters battle a wildfire burning in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Firefighters work to control a fire as flames from the County Fire jump across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters work to control a fire as flames from the County Fire jump across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters work as flames from the County Fire move through a property in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters work as flames from the County Fire move through a property in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters watch as flames from the County Fire climb a hillside in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters watch as flames from the County Fire climb a hillside in Guinda, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A plume rises behind a building in Esparto, Calif., as a wildfire burns on July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

A plume rises behind a building in Esparto, Calif., as a wildfire burns on July 1, 2018.(Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Firefighters scramble to control flames surrounding a fire truck as the Pawnee fire jumps across highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. on July 1, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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