Strong Winds Exacerbate Beckwourth Complex Fire Burning in Northern California

The Beckwourth Complex Fire burning in Plumas County, California, experienced about 5,800 acres of growth due to wind gusts that exacerbated conditions, fire officials said on Thursday, July 15.

On Wednesday afternoon, fire whirls – dust devils mixed with fire brands – produced spot fires that triggered a new mandatory evacuation for parts of Doyle, according to Plumas National Forest.

The complex fire reached 100,531 acres (about 157 square miles) and was at 68 percent containment as of Thursday, according to InciWeb.

This video released by Santa Maria Fire Department shows strong winds howling as the fire raged over a hill. Credit: Santa Maria Fire Department via Storyful

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