California wildfires latest news and update: Whole towns threatened, first death reported
California wildfire has created panic over a large area. In fact people in a 35-mile wide area close to State Route 29 have been ordered to evacuate their homes and offices. Officials claim that as many as 500 homes and many more outer homes have been destroyed in the wildfire that is spreading very fast.
Meanwhile state of emergency has been imposed in the affected area following the death of one person. Many firefighters have been injured while trying to contain massive fire that
Latest updates from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection suggest that two apartment complexes and at least 10 businesses have been burnt to ashes by the expanding fire in the region. The report was confirmed by the department spokeswoman Lynn Valentine.
Meanwhile local residents are feeling aggrieved over the loss of properties and businesses that has given no sign of slowing down till now. An Associated Press report while quoting a local resident Teri Molini, in Middletown, Calif. said that she first got word of the fire Saturday afternoon and raced out of her house with the family dog, blankets, and mementos. Four hours later, she could see the flames from where she sought shelter.
California Fire department officials claim that the 78-square-mile fire started Saturday afternoon and rapidly spread through brush and trees parched from four years of drought. Entire towns as well as residents along a 35-mile stretch of State Route 29 were evacuated.
Later the state Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency to free up resources. This is not the only area where emergency has been declared. Brown had already declared a state of emergency for a separate 102-square-mile wildfire about 70 miles southeast of Sacramento that has destroyed at least 81 homes and turned the grassy, tree-studded Sierra Nevada foothills an eerie white. This means that the Fire department is stretched to its limits. They may not be able to cope up with new fires if there are any.
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