California wildfires burn record 2 million acres

California wildfires burn record 2 million acres

The El Dorado Fire, meanwhile, is being blamed on a smoke generating pyrotechnic device that was used during a gender reveal celebration.

Risky dry winds whipped up California's record-breaking wildfires Tuesday as hundreds were evacuated from blazes by helicopter and tens of thousands more were plunged into darkness by power outages.

Evacuations were in progress from the closed Angeles National Forest, just north of the metropolis, with over 8,500 acres (3,400 hectares) on fire in the blaze that broke out Sunday.

Here's to the fire fighters continuing to fight this and the other fires throughout the state right now.

The El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County has scorched 9,671 acres and was only 7% contained as of late Monday night, according to fire officials, who say it's "one of the most unsafe fires" they've seen in the area. In 2017, a party in Arizona resulted in a fire that scorched 45,000 acres.

Media captionOne blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, has swept across thousands of acres in the Sierra National Forest Where are people trapped? Historically, the state of California has tried to completely suppress fires, creating unnaturally dense forests that then become susceptible to more extreme weather events caused by climate change.

The new fires spread rapidly over the holiday weekend, which saw a record 121 degree Fahrenheit (49 degree Celsius) temperature recorded in Los Angeles county.

Fires burning in California - including two in the San Bernardino National Forest - coated the Tri-state with a fuzzy haze Monday.

Cal Fire said that 83 personnel were on hand to battle the blaze, which was zero percent contained.

Debra Rios was not home on Monday when the order came to evacuate her hometown of Auberry, just northeast of Fresno. The fire has destroyed 25 homes, and at least 850 structures are seriously threatened. The fire made a 15-mile run in a single day and burned 36,000 acres, prompting evacuations and life saving measures.

A school, church, library, historic general store and a major hydroelectric plant were spared in the community of about 200 residents, Wait told the Fresno Bee.

We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters.

Sheriff's deputies went door to door to make sure residents complied with orders to leave.

Col David Hall of the California National Guard said early on Tuesday that there were "a lot of people that are still trying to be rescued".

On 6 September the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency in five counties. Small communities have been evacuated in the face of the fire's advance, with many buildings destroyed as military helicopters arrived to rescue scores of people from harm's way.

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