Sep 13, 2015

Thousands flee ‘mass destruction’ as Valley, Butte, Rough fires widen

California
USA
by
Sam Stanton, Tony Bizjak, Ed Fletcher, and Richard Chang
,
Sacramento Bee
The Butte fire burning in Calaveras and Amador counties continued to advance on Sunday, sweeping through grass, brush and trees as firefighters struggled to established containment. Homes and other structures have been destroyed, displacing increasing numbers of residents. Ed Fletcher The Sacramento Bee
The Butte fire burning in Calaveras and Amador counties continued to advance on Sunday, sweeping through grass, brush and trees as firefighters struggled to established containment. Homes and other structures have been destroyed, displacing increasing numbers of residents. Ed Fletcher The Sacramento Bee

“The bushes, the trees have absolutely no moisture in them, and the humidities are so low that we are seeing these ‘fire starts’ just erupt into conflagrations,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “The fires are spreading faster than I have seen in my 30 years.”