Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

By / USA News / Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:41
Los Angeles, September 22-An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning and more than 5,600 square miles (14,500 square kilometres) have been charred, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, Governor Gavin Newsom said. At 165 square miles (427 square kilometres), the Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County after burning for more than two weeks. It was only about 15 per cent contained. Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for thousands of residents in foothill and desert areas, where semi-rural homes and a popular nature sanctuary have burned. Statewide, at least 23,000 people remain evacuated, Newsom said. No injuries have been reported for the fire about 50 miles (80 kilometres) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. However, 18 homes and other buildings have been destroyed and 11 damaged, some in the Juniper Hills area, with the toll rising to perhaps 85 when damage assessment teams can complete their work this week, fire officials said Monday evening. Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills over the weekend had died down, said US Forest Service spokesman Larry Smith. “It’s slightly cooler too, so hopefully that will be a help to firefighters,” Smith said. However, evacuation warnings — meaning residents should be prepared to flee if ordered — remained in effect for Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl and the annual Rose Parade, and Wrightwood, a mountain community near several ski resorts. Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger US wildfires to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas, especially because climate change has made California much drier.

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