A state of emergency has been declared in California. Acting Governor Tom Torlakson issued the declaration in response to fast-moving wildfires: one near Big Sur and another in Santa Clarita Valley.
The larger fire in Santa Clarita Valley has more than 3,000 firefighters battling it, and thus far they have contained about 25 percent of the blaze. Nearly 10,000 homes have been evacuated.
The blaze along the Big Sur coastline caused the closure to the state’s signature parks that draw thousands of spectators daily. While 20 homes have been destroyed, 300 others have been evacuated.
CALIFORNIA FACING ACTIVE WILDFIRE SEASON
Thanks to years of drought and a potentially scorching summer, our state seems to be due for an overly active wildfire season for 2016.
Daryl Osby, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said “These are not normal fires. This is the fifth year of an ongoing drought, so the fire behavior is extreme.”
Richard Cordova, a state fire captain, pointed out the fires are able to quickly change direction and speed. “These fires can change directions at any time, and if that happens, there could be embers that fly a mile ahead of the main fire.”
KEEP TRACK OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Thanks to the KNBC-TV, you can track ongoing wildfires and monitor their progress as it relates to your neighborhood. An interactive map is available here.
DAMAGE FROM EARTHQUAKES AND WILDFIRES: CALL J&M KEYSTONE, INC.
2016 has definitely had a rocky start, especially here in California. We’ve had earthquakes and already numerous wildfires.
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