More than 10 major wildfires currently burning in California, US
Fire fighters in California have been batting numerous blazes non-stop, trying to save millions of people and homes from the flames. The biggest of the wildfires is the Kincade Fire, which has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Farther south, multiples wildfires continue spreading near Los Angeles and new ones have ignited. The most recent fire, a fast-moving brush fire, broke out on Wednesday morning, 30 October 2019, northwest of Los Angeles. The Easy Fire had burned more than 1 600 acres, officials said on Wednesday night. The fire was burning near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley soon after it began early on Wednesday morning. The fire department told media it had evacuated the library. Here are all the wildfires currently threatening the state, from the most active to those nearing full containment:
Started 30 October 2019 in Ventura County. Size: 1 491 acres. Containment: 5 percent
Started 30 October 2019 in Riverside County. Size: 300 acres. Containment: 15 percent
Started 28 October 2019 in Los Angeles. Size: 745 acres. Containment: 39 percent
Started 23 October 2019 in Sonoma County. Size: 76 825 acres. Containment: 45 percent
Started 21 October 2019 in Los Angeles. Size: 42 acres. Containment: 75 percent
First reported on 7 October 2019 in the Inyo National Forest. Size: 10 296 acres. Containment: 75 percent
Old Water Fire
Started 24 October 2019 in San Bernardino County. Size: 145 acres. Containment: 85 percent
Started 10 October 2019 in the El Dorado National Forest. Size: 3 435 acres. Containment: 90 percent
First spotted on 27October 2019 in Mendocino County. Size: 703 acres. Containment: 90 percent
Saddle Ridge Fire
First reported on 10 October 2019 in Los Angeles County. Size: 8 799 acres. Containment: 97 percent
About 100 000 people were evacuated.
First reported on 24 October 2019 near Santa Clarita. Size: 4 615 acres. Containment: 98 percent
More than 100 000 people were evacuated.
Ventura County Assistant Fire Chief Chad Cook told reporters on Wednesday afternoon the library had been protected from the blaze. According to the fire department, the wildfire was also threatening 6 500 homes.
In Jurupa Valley, east of Los Angeles, the Hill Fire broke out. The fire burned through 628 acres Wednesday, fire officials said. The fires ignited as Southern California was facing an extreme fire danger due to strong winds. For the first time ever, an "extreme red flag warning" was in effect in Southern California for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
In Northern California, the massive Kincade Fire has grown to more than 76 000 acres. By Wednesday evening, it was 45 percent contained and had damaged or destroyed about 200 homes and other buildings.
The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, said about 206 000 homes and businesses were without power after the utility cut electricity to some areas to avoid starting new wildfires.