- The Mosquito Fire burned nearly 9 square miles.
- The fire is under control at 0% as of Thursday morning.
- Photos show burnt out cars and firefighters battling the blaze.
The Mosquito Fire, burning in the Sierra Nevada of northern California, quadrupled in size Thursday morning.
The fire is now nearly 9 square miles, and according to Cal Fire, is 0% content. Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued in Placer and El Dorado counties.
Cal Fire reported that the fire is difficult to fight because it is located in steep and inaccessible terrain.
“As you’ve seen with the rising column of smoke, this fire continues to give us a hard time,” Cal Fire Division Chief Mike Rufenacht said, according to The Associated Press.
Several structures were destroyed, including houses. Photos show burnt-out cars and firefighters spraying water on the scorching landscape. Video footage showed a large pyrocumulus cloud forming over the fire, which can occur when heated air from a wildfire rises as it cools and condenses.
California has seen an increase in fires over the past few days as the state experienced extreme heat, with 14 large fires breaking out over Labor Day weekend. A blaze burning in Southern California, dubbed the Fairview Fire, doubled in size Thursday morning, reaching more than 30 square miles.
Click through the slideshow above to see photos of the Mosquito Fire.
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