THERE ARE currently more than 10 fires raging through California
Firefighters in California have been batting numerous blazes non-stop, trying to save millions of people and homes from the flames.
The biggest fire, the Kincade Fire, has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Farther south, multiples wildfires continue spreading near Los Angeles and new ones have ignited.
California officials report progress in their battle against wildfires, even as new dangers arise from powerful winds.
“Over the past week, more than 300 blazes have broken out in California,” member station KQED reported, “but so far, there have been no fatalities linked to the Northern California fires.”
The newest blaze, known as the Easy Fire, has forced the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The library uses goats ahead of fire season each year to eat through brush that would otherwise fuel a wildfire. Firefighters have dropped huge loads of water on the flames to protect the library, as reported by local media.
Dangerously high winds threaten to fan the flames further. The National Weather Service issued an “extreme red flag warning” for Los Angeles and Ventura counties from Tuesday night to Thursday evening. Meteorologists predict Santa Ana winds gusting at 50 to 70 miles per hour, with isolated gusts reaching up to 80 mph in the mountains.
Some of the wildfires threatening the state have been raging now for almost three weeks. The breakdown of the TEN fires, as reported by CNN, is as follows.
Easy Fire: Started October 30 in Ventura County.Size: 1,491 acres. Containment: 5%
Hill Fire: Started October 30 in Riverside County.Size: 300 acres. Containment: 15%
Getty Fire: Started October 28 in Los Angeles. Size: 745 acres. Containment: 39%
Kincade Fire: Started October 23 in Sonoma County. Size: 76,825 acres. Containment: 45%
Palisades Fire: Started October 21 in Los Angeles. Size: 42 acres. Containment: 75%
Taboose Fire: First reported on October 7 in the Inyo National Forest. Size: 10,296 acres. Containment: 75%
Old Water Fire: Started October 24 in San Bernardino County. Size:145 acres. Containment: 85%
Caples Fire: Started October 10 in the El Dorado National Forest. Size: 3,435 acres. Containment: 90%
Burris First: First spotted on October 27 in Mendocino County. Size: 703 acres. Containment: 90%
Saddle Ridge Fire: First reported on October 10 in Los Angeles County. Size: 8,799 acres. Containment: 97%. About 100,000 people were evacuated
Tick Fire: First reported on October 24 near Santa Clarita.Size: 4,615 acres. Containment: 98%. More than 100,000 people were evacuated