California’s burning – yet again
July 10, 2017
• 4,000 evacuated in Butte County by one fire
• At least 18 wildfires burning in California on Monday
Hot weather. Low humidity. Plenty of brush and dead trees. It’s the perfect combination for dangerous wildfires that threaten Californians, their homes and businesses on Monday as the fire “season” amps up its summertime conflagrations.
In Butte County, the “Wall” fire has burned through 5,600 acres as of Sunday evening. Four people have been injured and at least 17 structures have been burned to the ground and five have been damaged.
About 4,000 residents of a wide area, generally north of Bangor, have been ordered evacuated.
It’s bad enough to get the governor to issue a state of emergency declaration. It includes mobilization of some members of the California National Guard to help the fire fighting efforts of the 1,599 firefighters already on scene..
Cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Here’s a summary of the Central Valley fires being fought Monday in addition to Butte County’s Wall fire:
• In Tulare County’s rugged Sierra Nevada, about 800 firefighters are battling the “Schaeffer” fire, which has charged more than 14,000 acres. No injuries have been reported and the U.S. Forest Service does not list any property damage.
• In Fresno County, the “Garza” fire has chewed through about 2,000 acres near the town of Avenal.
• In Yolo County, the “Winters” fire southwest of Winters is now at about 2,269 acres and 85 percent contained.
• In El Dorado County, east of Sacramento, the “Axel” fire near Rescue is at about 100 acres with 60 percent containment.
• In Yuba County, the “West” fire east of Olivehurst is 95 percent contained and has burned about 50 acres.
In all, there are at least 18 wildfires being battled across California.