Northern California wildfires 2015 fast expanding, 9k firefighters trying to contain 21 fires
LOWER LAKE: Another massive fire has broken out in Northern California. Officials have started evacuating thousands of people in the region and there are fears that a large number of homes will be destroyed in the fires that have been raging for days.
The gravity of the situation can easily be understood when we realize that as many as 9000 or even more firefighters are trying to bring an end to more than a dozen major fires across the region.
In the meantime there are reports that fires are not just confined to Northern California. There are reports of many wildfires burning in Washington and Oregon due to unprecedented summer.
Meanwhile officials claim that the largest California wildfire was raging in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco. The most disturbing aspect of the fire is the fact that this particular wildfire has tripled in size over the weekend to 84 square miles.
Till now this single fire has consumed as many as 25 homes and 26 outbuildings and was threatening 6,300 homes, many of them ranches scattered in rural areas ranging from grasslands to steep hills, officials said. Given the location and the intensity of the fires, officials and firefighters are at their witsâ€™ ends on how to contain the fire and secure homes.
In the meantime fire spokesman Jason Shanley says officials “are calling the behavior of this fire unprecedentedâ€¦It is jaw-dropping to see some of the things it is doingâ€¦Everyone we know that lives down there, they have nothing anymore. It’s just crazyâ€.
Though the temperature went down a bit, it didnâ€™t help to extinguish fires. â€œWe chewed up a couple of thousand acres in a single day but no additional homes were lostâ€, said state fire spokesman Jay Smith said.
California wildfire 2015 map