Only a Few Dozen Fires in California Still Burning

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

San Francisco (AP) The fire situation in northern California is looking much better.

A month after lightning ignited firestorms and drove thousands of people from their homes, just 33 fires are still burning. There had been as many as 2,000.

The June 21st lightning storm ignited what officials called the largest fire event in California's history. Almost 1,500 square miles have been scorched.

Officials say most of the remaining fires are on federal land and pose little danger to homes.

But Junction City in rural Trinity County is still under an evacuation order. The wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest continues to threaten the town of 800 residents.

And smoke is a lingering health problem across Northern California.

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