150 California Wildfire rescues, a dozen firefighters hurt
Wildfires continue to burn across our nation in California and Oregon
SAN DIEGO, California — Historic wildfires are spreading on the West Coast, as hundreds of fires are burning in the pacific Northwest. Fierce winds have been fanning the flames of many wildfires, one fire burning an area the size of New York’s Central Park, every half hour. In the west coast, fires continue to get more difficult by the hour. A State of Emergency has been declared in Oregon, as thirty-six wildfires burn across the state.
Evacuations are harder and more difficult, as the wildfires caused a close of Interstate Five at the California border. Firefighters are now dealing with the strongest winds of the season. They are calling them “Diablo winds,” in the north and “Santa Ana winds,” in the South.
“We have fires burning in the North part of the state all the way down to the Mexican border, about 800 miles between the furthest distant fires,” Tom Porter, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
These fires have been classified with strong winds, combined with a record heat and dry conditions. Fueling at least twenty-five large wildfires, burning more than 2 million acres. Right now a firefighter is in critical condition this morning, after he and his crew were invaded by flames near Big Sur.
Officials are saying the firefighters were defending a fire station, when they were forced inside their emergency shelters. A double layer blanket meant to deflect heat, as it was one of the largest fires burning in the state. Close to Fresno, burning and blistering more than 160,000 acres. In order to take control and keep everyone safe, a massive effort is still in the process. Late Tuesday, more than a dozen people were trapped by the flames.
One Californian was desperately waiting for her husband and two sons.”So I’m just anxious for them to come home and for me to see them step off. Then I can breathe,” she said.
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