A wildfire in the California capital a few days ago went over 215km out of control on Wednesday.
At least two victims had to be airlifted to hospital after a fire called the Caldor Fire.
Thousands of residents have been preparing to escape the blaze, which has devastated the Eldorado National Forest since August 14 due to severe drought and persistent winds.
“Please, please listen to the warnings and when you are asked to leave, go!“, The California fire chief, cited the Sacramento Bee newspaper, pleaded with Tom Porter.
“You must not be at our feet to protect your homes from these fires“, He insisted.
According to a recent report established by firefighters, the fire increased its area eightfold within 24 hours and was not contained Wednesday morning.
Caldorfire is one of dozens of burns that have devastated western America, which has been hit by a prolonged drought that is being exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
Dixie Fire is still active
Further north, the Dixie Fire has been burning continuously for more than a month. Although more than 6,000 firefighters were mobilized, only 33% of the disaster was contained. It consumed more than 2,500 km2 – the equivalent of Luxembourg – This is the second fire in California history.
Pictures taken by an AFP photographer bear witness to the height of the flames surrounding the trees along the roadside as firefighters try to block their progress. Too late to the small town of Janesville, lined with burnt car wrecks.
Air quality warnings were issued to residents of the San Francisco area, while energy supplier PG&E had to cut power to about 50,000 customers on Tuesday. The operator, who blamed Dixie Fire, explained that the move was intended to prevent new fires if electric wires fall on dry plants such as straw.
The number and intensity of wildfires in Western America has increased in recent years, a significant extension of the fire season.
According to experts, this phenomenon is particularly associated with global warming: an increase in temperature, an increase in heat waves and rainfall in places make for an excellent fiery cocktail.
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