Plumes of Smoke Billow Into California Sky From River Fire

Firefighters continued to battle the River Fire burning in Northern California on August 5 as the blaze reached 2,400 acres (about four square miles) since igniting the previous day.

Thousands of residents were under evacuation orders after the wildfire started near the Bear River Campground, according to local news.

Jim Hudson, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told The Mercury News, “Once the fire started, it was a recipe for rapid fire growth.”

Officials said on August 5 that the fire was at zero percent containment, and was impacting Nevada and Placer counties in the state.

This footage, posted by Pete Dufour on August 4, shows plumes of smoke in Colfax, California. Credit: Pete Dufour via Storyful

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