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Fires dull the skies

Northern_California_fires_13Jun08The skies are smoggy over the Bay Area this morning, as a fire in Butte County — the northernmost of the pins on the map to the left — burns near Paradise. No, really, that’s the town‘s name. The area burned as recently as 2003, when over 200 dwellings went up in smoke.

Winds from the north, bringing warm, dry air from the high desert area of eastern Oregon, are driving the smoke into the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, the Martin Fire in Santa Cruz County is only 25% contained, but cool air from the nearby ocean is slowing its spread. It’s only about 600 acres in size, while the Humboldt Fire near Paradise has already burned more than 15,000 acres. View an interactive Google map of the Martin Fire on the SJ Mercury News website.

See the Calif. Dept. of Forestry Current Fire Incidents page for updates.

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