At least 25 forest fires are currently raging in California after strong winds and an extreme heat wave over the weekend.
“We have fires in the north of the state all the way to the Mexican border, about 800 miles between the furthest fires, so we’re excited about the landscape,” Cal Fire chief Thom Porter told CNN.
“This is definitely a one-off event,” Brown said during a press conference.
Washington state burned more acres on Monday than in the previous 1
“I just can’t repeat it,” said the governor, “we believe that almost all of these fires in some dimension were human-caused. If you can avoid being outside for anything that would even spark off, hope.” I mean that people can avoid it. ” these conditions. “
“This is a new reality in which we live with a changing climate,” he added.
The size of Central Park burned every half hour
The Creek Fire, which is raging through the mountains of central California in Fresno County, has destroyed at least 360 buildings since the flames erupted Friday night. The fire has blown more than 152,000 acres and is 0% contained – and strong wind forecasts according to Cal Fire Wednesday is likely to hit the flames. Since the beginning, the fire has burned down an area about the size of Central Park every 30 minutes for the past few days.
“We have 150 million trees that died in the southern Sierra a few years ago, and these are fueling the Creek Fire, which is the largest and most worrying fire for us right now,” Porter said.
California National Guard Colonel David Hall told CNN that 385 people and 27 animals were rescued by helicopter after being trapped in the Sierra National Forest. At least 30,000 people have been evacuated, Fresno County Sheriff’s assistant lieutenant Brandon Pursell said late Tuesday.
The fire, set off by a gender reveal party, was caused by a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” deployed at a party in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, on Saturday morning.
“Urgent and Scary to Get Out”
The governor said Oregon experienced “historic forest fires” almost every year during his tenure. But this year’s fires are “unprecedented,” Brown said.
“In some areas, the situation is so difficult and dangerous that even firefighters are evacuated,” the governor told reporters.
At least seven major fires burned across the state on Tuesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
In neighboring Marion County – home of the state capital – another state of emergency was declared on Tuesday, in which the residents of the region were driven from their homes by fires.
“We were driving under a fallen tree with burning limbs and it was urgent and scary to get out,” Sabrina Kent told the news channel.
The family lives in an RV near a local grocery store, said the partner as they plan their next steps.
Oregon’s correction department announced Tuesday that they had evacuated three Salem prisons following threats from the Beachie Creek and Lionshead forest fires.
A charred city in Washington state
“The extent of this disaster really cannot be expressed in words,” said Brett Myers, Whitman County Sheriff.
According to the governor, more than 300,000 hectares have already been burned in the state.
According to the news channel, at least six houses and three shops, as well as sheds, equipment and vehicles, were destroyed. The fire department issued evacuation orders for around 100 residents, the station reported.
CNN’s Joe Sutton, Konstantin Toropin, Sarah Moon, Brandon Miller and Topher Gauk-Roger contributed to this report.