The state of emergency applies to the districts of Fresno, Madera and Mariposa, in which the Creek Fire is burning, and to the districts of San Bernardino and San Diego, in which the El Dorado Fire and the Valley Fire are raging. This comes from a statement by the State Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) said Sunday night.
Tens of thousands of acres were burned by the three fires that also destroyed homes and evacuated thousands of residents, according to the Cal OES statement.
More than 200 people were flown from the campsite by a Chinook and Blackhawk helicopter, Cpl. David Hall of the California National Guard said during a news conference on Sunday.
The rescue operation began late Saturday and was completed around 1
“In this second round – when it was more important to get everyone out – it was important that everyone got dressed, made sure what they could, and then everyone else sat on the floor,” he said. “We don’t like to work like this, but given the circumstances that this is an urgent, life-threatening situation, the pilots and command made a wise decision by asking them to get on the helicopter and as many as possible to load into this lift. “”
Hall said two people were seriously injured and 19 evacuees were injured less.
The fires have burned thousands of acres
There are also several lightning complex fires across the state, covering more than 850,000 acres between the SCU, CZU, and LNU lightning complex fires.
Records broken across the state
This devastating year is the worst in California history, measured by the number of mornings burned. The state broke its record for nationwide burned land on Sunday with 2,094,955 acres of Cal Fire Capt. Richard Cordova told CNN.
“This is crazy. We didn’t even get into the fire season in October and November and we broke the all-time record,” said Cordova.
“It’s our business because we need to get these firefighters off these lines and give them a break from fighting these forest fires,” he added.
It was the hottest in more than half a century, with seven more records being broken in various parts of the state on Sunday in the 1950s.
CNN’s Jaide Timm-Garcia, Susannah Cullinane, Alta Spells, Artemis Moshtaghian and Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.