Mandatory evacuation orders were downgraded Thursday to evacuation warnings for some areas in the portion of Yuba County affected by the North Complex Fire. According to the Appeal-Democrat, after consulting with Cal Fire, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department personnel said evacuation orders were reduced to warnings for Challenge, Woodleaf, Clipper Mills and Strawberry Valley. The area around Forbestown, including New York Flat Road and Challenge Cut Off Road north of La Porte Road, remains under a mandatory evacuation order at this time.

Fire Weather Watches are in effect in Northern California this weekend as temperatures climb back into the triple digits. Forecasters say temperatures could reach 100 degrees in the northern valleys by early next week, and wind gusts of 20-to-30-miles-per-hour are also expected. They warn the hot, dry weather could feed the wildfires currently burning.

Firefighters are currently battling 26 blazes throughout the state. The National Weather Service says the outlook for the region calls for warmer-than-average temperatures through November.

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