Scientists say climate change is making weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.
The activity of the fires, which are burning unusually late into the winter season, will depend on how the winds behave overnight and could determine when crews are able to go in and assess the damage
Syria's decade-old conflict left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced half the country’s population, including five million refugees outside the country.
The National Weather Service issued a weather watch for critical fire conditions in the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada, where the Colony Fire was burning about a mile from Giant Forest.
Authorities describe the blaze in Sierra Bermeja, a mountain range in the Malaga province, as a sixth-generation fire of the extreme kind brought by the shifting climate on the planet.
The blaze was also throwing sparks that caught trees and created spot fires up to a mile ahead of the main wall of flames.
Thousands of people have been forced to flee the flames, which have devoured forests, agricultural land, homes and businesses.
The road is a key checkpoint as crews struggle against the fire, which erupted earlier this week and grew to 10 times its size in a few days, fueled by winds.
Images of homes engulfed in flames and mountains glowing like lava would make it easy to conclude the Golden State is a charred black landscape.
The drought-parched region was expected to see red flag warnings for dangerously high winds and hot, dry weather through Thursday.
Clouds of smoke obscured the sun, which cast an otherworldly, orange light over the capital.
More than 7,000 people evacuated from homes and campgrounds have slept in temporary shelters, according to the prefecture.
Gov.Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in El Dorado County, where authorities were considering closing the entire El Dorado National Forest.
Around 750 firefighters and water-droppping aircraft were battling the blaze in difficult conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds.
Algeria joins a string of countries to be hit by major blazes in recent weeks, including Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the western United States.