Jun 5, 2016

Heat wave sparks brush fires in California

Calabasas, CA
USA
by
Steph Solis
,
USA Today, Associated Press
Cal Fire San Diego is dropping retardant in front of the fire which is about 30 acres at this point. Photo: Twitter, @SanDiegoNCN
Cal Fire San Diego is dropping retardant in front of the fire which is about 30 acres at this point. Photo: Twitter, @SanDiegoNCN

Firefighters are battling a series of brush fires throughout Southern California this weekend...

Authorities ordered 200 homes or 500 to 600 people in Calabasas Hills to evacuate as a major blaze broke out amid 100-degree weather...

While wildfires typically break out during the summer, officials say the extreme heat and dry winter have created a higher risk of wildfires this season.

Firefighters in New Mexico and Arizona faced wildfires sparked by lightning.

In New Mexico, a wildfire burned nearly 12 square miles near Magdale, 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque.

Firefighters tried to contain a fire burning on more than 28 square miles in the Tonto National Forest