California fire threatens 600 buildings after thousands evacuated

A wildfire contributed by hot, dry and windy conditions, destroyed around 600 other buildings and homes, in Northern California after forcing some 3,000 residents to evacuate.

The Pawnee Fire, occurred on Saturday, near the Mendocino National Forest 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Sacramento, had destroyed 22 buildings and charred more than 10,500 acres (4,200 hectares) by late Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

On Monday, California Governor, Jerry Brown declared ‘a state of emergency’ for Lake County. To the east, the Lane fire in Tehama County had blackened 3,800 acres and threatened 200 buildings, fire officials said. It was 40 percent contained. The Pawnee is one of four major wildfires burning in California as temperatures rise across the state.

on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, the firefighters, face the prospect of temperatures of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 C), 15 mile-per-hour winds and 30 percent humidity, the fire was 5 percent contained on Monday evening.

The fire officials said, “The Shu Fire, burning some 50 miles (80 km) east of Sacramento near the El Dorado National Forest, was threatening the community of Happy Valley, prompting evacuations and road closures. That blaze was 50 percent contained”. They also added, “The Stoll Fire, north of Chico, had burned 270 acres and destroyed multiple homes since breaking out on Saturday, according to CalFire, but was 60 percent contained on Monday”.

by Sawan Kumar on June 27, 2018

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