Jul 10, 2016

Calif. facing most volatile fire season in over 100 years, fire chief says

Santa Clarita, CA
USA
by
Mireya Villarreal
,
CBS News
Santa Clarita wildfire. Photo: CBS News
Santa Clarita wildfire. Photo: CBS News

In California's Santa Clarita Valley, [a] wildfire threatened hundreds of homes. North of downtown Los Angeles, a wildfire raged in the Santa Clarita Valley, forcing 2,000 people to evacuate... In the last two months, nearly 100,000 acres have burned in California. The Erskine fire near Lake Isabella killed two people and destroyed more than 280 homes. Los Angeles county fire chief Darly Osby said this is the most volatile fire season in over 100 years. "Even though some of the fuels appear to be green there is five years of dead growth underneath those fuels and there is a potential for a catastrophic fire," he said. The fire got dangerously close to this neighborhood forcing crews to spray the area with red fire retardant. The main concern now is the weather. Low humidity and strong winds could re-ignite the threat to these homes