Fire conditions in California are ‘extremely dangerous’, officials say, killing two and burning thousands of acres

Fires burning across the state have collectively burned more than 23,000 acres since August 31, according to data from California’s fire department, Cal Fire.

According to Cal Fire, firefighters have made significant progress in putting out large fires in Southern California, but only 40% and 10% of northern factory and wildfires are still contained, according to Cal Fire.

Two people died in a factory fire, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue said at a community meeting on Sunday. discovered by a person. Said.
Both the Mill and Mountain fires are tearing through Siskiyou County, which straddles parts of the northern California border, causing the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. , Forest fire Burned 8,896 acres, Millfire Cal Fire said 4,254 acres were burned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters are fighting the blazes, as they are in many parts of California. suffering under a sweltering heat wavesome areas will see extreme temperatures 10 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Mill fires destroyed 50 structures and threatened over 400 structures. cal fire saidIn an update Sunday night, the agency said it did not expect the fire to spread further.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday, the day the factory fire started. In his declaration, the governor said more than 5,800 residents had been forced to evacuate due to the fires.
Wildfires burning in rugged terrain were expected to remain active Sunday night through Monday morning, Cal Fire said. Vegetation and other fire fuels in the area are “at or approaching dangerous levels of aridity.” according to to an agency.
California, like much of the West, is in the midst of a crisis. severe droughtLarge areas of the state’s vegetation are brittle, dry, and ripe to burn.

Jon Heggie, head of Cal Fire Battalion, told CNN that drought conditions are creating “very dangerous” fire conditions.

“All these fires have a receptive fuel bed to burn,” he said. It could grow exponentially between

The explosive spread of fires in Los Angeles County should serve as a
These dry conditions have also caused recent wildfires in Southern California. root fire According to Cal Fire, 5,208 acres were burned in northern Los Angeles County. Wildfires are now 96% contained, exploded to its size within 48 hours.

Observing the serious spread of the root fires, Angeles National Forester Robert Garcia said the action “should wake us all up about the potential we are in, and the number of I will enter in a few days,” he warned. Conditions for fire conditions, very rapid fire growth and very explosive fire behavior. ”

Further south on the California-Mexico border, border 32 fire The Cal Fire has consumed 4,456 acres since it began on Wednesday, said Cal Fire.

Heggie warned the public to be very careful about dangerous fire conditions, especially when people celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

“We are asking people to think of alternatives to all outdoor activities that may cause fires simply because the dangers are much higher this holiday, tomorrow and early next week,” Heggie said. said on Sunday.

CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Jay Croft, Amanda Musa, Sara Sidner, Nouran Salahieh and Taylor Romine contributed to this report.


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