Thousands Flee Wildfires Burning In The US And Canada

by Ben Pena July 11, 2017, 0:06
Thousands Flee Wildfires Burning In The US And Canada

She said authorities are working to evacuate people from the blaze, aiming to stop it from reaching wineries to the south and electric transmission lines to the southeast.

Small animals that are evacuated are being accepted at the Santa Barbara Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Road.

The fire burned almost 8 square miles (20 sq. kilometers), destroyed at least 10 structures and damaged critical infrastructure, leading Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency to provide assistance to local authorities.

"We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain", outgoing Premier Christy Clark told reporters in Kamloops. It is 80 percent contained. Approximately 300 residents in evacuation warning areas have been contacted by emergency responders. In California, some 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires, state officials say.

A fire more important is declared near the county of San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At least two horses evacuated during the Whittier Fire were taken to the showgrounds Saturday, said Susan Klein-Rothschild, deputy director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. Additional resources have been called to respond to the fire. It's burning in steep, rugged terrain with plenty of fuel. It is 90 percent contained. Cal Fire said 5,400 structures were threatened. And they rode it out with them for hours.

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Firefighters are making progress battling wildfires burning in Colorado.

[6:11 p.m. PDT] - CAL FIRE reports the Alamo Fire has now burned 150 acres.

More than 3,500 people had fled the Whittier fire in Santa Barbara County that started on Saturday afternoon as temperatures hit a sizzling 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), officials said.

Fire crews from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are now battling a brush fire that broke out just after 3:30 p.m. on Highway 166 near the Twitchell Reservoir in SLO County.

In Washington, the Dry Creek fire forced a highway to be closed after rapidly growing to 500 acres.


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