A Northern California sheriff said Sunday that two more people have died from wildfires, bringing the state’s total death toll to 24. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said during a news conference that seven people remain missing.
More than 16,750 firefighters were doing battle with fires that have already killed 22 people, destroyed more than 4,100 structures and engulfed scores of communities from the Oregon border to Mexico.
The city of Arcadia, a northern suburb of Los Angeles, ordered the residents of one neighborhood to evacuate as the 29,000-acre Bobcat Fire continued to grow over the weekend. Evacuation orders were also in place in many parts of the state.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the area on Monday through Monday night.
Incident Meteorologist Dan Borsum said strong southerly winds and low humidity Monday will result in elevated fire weather conditions across the region. He said conditions may improve a little bit Tuesday but not a lot.
Borsum added that the air quality in the region may not improve until October.
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