Aug 31, 2017

Heat wave, winds and low humidity fuel wildfires across California

Happy Camp, CA
USA
by
Veronica Rocha
,
Los Angeles Times
Over 1,100 firefighters are currently battling the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County that has destroyed ten homes. A suspect was arrested in connection with the fire Tuesday.
Over 1,100 firefighters are currently battling the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County that has destroyed ten homes. A suspect was arrested in connection with the fire Tuesday.

As a blistering heat wave gripped California this week, firefighters statewide tackled massive wildfires that forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Temperatures across California were expected to surpass the 100-degree mark Thursday as strong winds in the western half of the state triggered red flag warnings and posed a significant danger to firefighters.

Across the state, firefighters were battling 16 wildfires — some as small as 29 acres and as large as 68,400 acres.