The fire in California is the largest … and the evacuation of thousands of people

The largest fire in California questyear has forced thousands of people to flee fires that destroyed homes and razed areas of the state, fueled by strong winds and storms.

The California Fire Department (Calfire) said the fire, dubbed “McNee,” is raging in Southern California’s Klamath National Forest, which spans more than 51,000 acres near the town of Yerica. This is the biggest fire since the beginning of the year in California, already ravaged by many fires quest’summer.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the fire “devastated homes” and “threatened vital infrastructure” after the blast on Friday. Newsom claimed in a statement that the fire was “intensified and spread by dry flammable areas, extreme drought, high temperatures, winds and thunderstorms”.

More than 2,000 citizens have been ordered to evacuate their homes, while about 200 others have received warnings, according to the California Emergency Services, most in Sisikyo County. “Residents of the surrounding areas should be ready to leave if necessary. Do not hesitate to evacuate your homes,” the Sisikyo security official tweeted. Interstate 96 and McKinney Creed Road, southeast of the Klamath River, have been closed to traffic, Calfair said. Larry Castle, a resident of Yarka, told the Sacramento Be newspaper that he and his wife have packed some things and their three dogs to leave the area and spend the night out, because other fires in recent years had taught them that the situation could become “very dangerous”. The unprecedented fire broke out days after the largest fire in central California.

The Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park broke out in mid-July and spread rapidly, destroying 41 homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. And California, which is experiencing severe drought, remains at risk of fires for months. In recent years, the American West has experienced wildfires of exceptional size and intensity, with a noticeable lengthening of the fire season, a phenomenon that scientists attribute to climate warming.