Firefighters across Northern California struggle to contain wildfires as threats of dry lightning loom

A scorched car rests on a roadside as the Tamarack Fire burns in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, Calif., on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

With erratic winds and dry lightning threatening to make already stark conditions worse, firefighters from Northern California to Oregon struggled Sunday to control rapidly expanding blazes that forced thousands of residents to flee their homes and prompted officials to close access to major highways and trails as well as cancel long-anticipated events.

A red-flag warning is expected to last through Monday for most of the same areas and high-elevation sections of the Bay Area because

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