California Wildfires: 85,000 Acres Burned, 6,000 Firefighters Battle Flames

California Wildfires: 85,000 Acres Burned, 6,000 Firefighters Battle Flames

California Wildfires: 85,000 Acres Burned, 6,000 Firefighters Battle Flames

The Golden State is facing serious threats from wildfires on both ends of the state.

Below is the latest information, as follows:

Fueled by strong winds and dry weather, a half-dozen California wildfires have exploded to burn more than 85,000 acres and hundreds of structures in just over a day’s time. Both Northern California and Southern California residents are now facing serious threats from flames, smoke and ash. More 6,000 firefighters are on the front lines of these incidents.

The Camp Fire started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Butte County, near Chico. By Thursday evening, the fire had exploded to 20,000 acres and was 0 percent contained. Overnight, the flames grew out-of-control and the fire spread to an estimated 70,000 acres. It was considered just 5 percent contained as of Friday morning. Hundreds of structures are thought destroyed at this point, though officials currently don’t have an estimate.

Around 2 p.m. Thursday, the Hill Fire sparked in SoCal, in the Ventura County area. That blaze has now burned more than 6,000 acres, but fire officials said Friday the burn path has shifted in their favor. There are evacuation orders in effect and schools are closed in the area as the danger remains.

“Fortunately for us it is burning into the old footprint in the Springs Fire [of 2013],” fire officials said at a briefing Friday morning.

Ventura County is also facing the Woolsey Fire, which has burned more than 8,000 acres nearby. That blaze started around 3 p.m. Thursday. Thousands of people are now being asked to evacuate their homes.

“If you have a mandatory evacuation, please leave,” fire officials pleaded in Friday’s morning update.

Cal Fire officials said that the strong winds that have been fueling the fires are expected to decrease a bit on Friday, but there’s no chance of “significant rainfall” in sight.

Here is a list of the main fires burning in California, as follows:

Camp Fire, Butte County
Paradise
• 70,000 acres, 5% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Russell) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County
Santa Rosa Valley
• 6,000 acres, 0% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Bravo) assigned

Nurse Fire, Solano County
Suisun City
• 1,500 acres

Woolsey Fire, Ventura County
South of Simi Valley
• 8,000 acres, 0% contained

Brushy Fire, Mendocino County
West of Covelo
• 35 acres, N/A% contained

Rincon Fire, Santa Cruz County 
North of Santa Cruz
• 17 acres, 90% contained

 

Stay tuned…

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