A raging wildfire, which erupted Monday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed 100 structures and has forced the evacuation of more than 1000 residents in Northern California, near Weed.
The Boles Fire has scorched 300 acres, and prompted the closure of Interstate 5, according to CalFire.
Evacuation orders were issued for residents in Weed, Carrick and Lake Shastina, CalFire reported. An evacuation center has been opened at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka.
In the afternoon hours as the blaze continue to spread, wind gusts were up to 30 mph this afternoon with highs around 98 degrees, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
The area has seen only nine percent of its normal rainfall since April, he added.
Relative humidity was about 10-15 percent Monday afternoon.
"Winds should subside this evening and relative humidity will go back up, " Edwards said, adding that conditions will improve to aid in the firefighting effort.
Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the 300 acre #BolesFire in Siskiyou County. Over 100 structures damaged or destroyed.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 16, 2014
My wife just got these pics from a friend in #WeedCa of the #BolesFire pic.twitter.com/7A0zEhKG7x— Ken Bodnar (@KenBodnar) September 16, 2014
Interstate 5 near Weed closed due to the wildfire per 413pm Caltrans report. Latest reports: http://t.co/lbQSoc51RM. http://t.co/cktwpoPKKA— NWS Medford (@NWSMedford) September 15, 2014
New #wildfire, the #BolesFire, erupts near Weed, CA, Monday afternoon. http://t.co/IvzZx9t0GA— NWS Medford (@NWSMedford) September 15, 2014
A couple more photos my wife sent me from her friends #BolesFire pic.twitter.com/s1KTFc10vG— Ken Bodnar (@KenBodnar) September 16, 2014
#BolesFire in Weed. pic.twitter.com/bXcZb782oe— Mount Shasta News (@mtshastanews) September 15, 2014
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