World Lead 1-A fire leads to evacuations in northern California

00:10  01 august  2022
00:10  01 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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California-fisheries/ (lead 1, photo, TV): Lead 1-a fire leads to evacuations in northern California

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by Kanishka Singh

July 31 (Reuters) - The McKinney fire, which quickly moves in northern California, resulted in the evacuation of 2,000 inhabitants and destroyed houses and infrastructure since it is is declared on Friday.

McKinney, which spreads near the border with Oregon, is already the most important fire that California has known since the beginning of the year. He ravaged more than 20,600 hectares and was no longer content on Sunday, according to the latest data communicated by the authorities.

State of emergency, evacuations after ‘explosive’ California fire

  State of emergency, evacuations after ‘explosive’ California fire Drought and high temperatures have led to increasingly dangerous wildfires in the western US in recent years.Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County as the Oak fire, which began a day earlier, spread over 4,800 hectares (11,900 acres).

More than 20 years of drought and rising temperatures, exacerbated by climate change, have returned California more vulnerable than ever to forest fires. The two most devastating years were recorded in 2020 and 2021, based on the number of hectares burned.

The County of Siskiyou, the Théâtre de l'Indie where the Klamath National Forest is located, has around 44,000 inhabitants, according to the Census Office of the United States.

An emergency declaration by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, allows residents to access federal aid and unlocks state resources.

A red alert, indicating dangerous fire conditions, is underway. No deaths or injury has been reported.

(written by Lisa Shumaker, French version Benjamin Mallet)

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