Record Area in California Destroyed by Fire
In California already 8,000 km² has gone up in flames. A large-scale evacuation is being prepared in the south.
It has been since 1987 that the American state was hit so hard by wildfires. And the forecasts for the following days are not acceptable.
More than 14,000 firefighters are busy fighting dozens of fires across the state, but for now, the fires are out of control.
This has to do with the heatwave that has been going on for days now, a record temperature of 49 degrees was measured in Los Angels County on Sunday. There are also fierce winds. Two of the most significant hot spots are in San Francisco Bay.
In southern California, all nature parks are now closed. Just last weekend, 200 campers had to be evacuated by army helicopters from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, south of Yosemite National Park.
“The situation throughout California is dire,” says forest manager Randy Moore, “the existing fires are very aggressive, and the potential for new fires to develop is very high.”