Apple Fire: Massive California wildfire forces evacuations

Apple Fire: Massive California wildfire forces evacuations
Apple Fire: Massive California wildfire forces evacuations  

Fire crews in California are battling a massive wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes east of Los Angeles.

More than 1,300 firefighters, backed by helicopters and water-dumping planes, have been tackling the blaze dubbed the Apple Fire which started on Friday.

Parts of the fire are on steep, rugged hillsides, making it hard for fire engines to reach.

Around 7,800 residents have been told to evacuate the area.

Images show plumes of smoke filling the sky over the mountainous region. In a tweet, the National Weather Service said some smoke had blown east to Phoenix, Arizona - nearly 300 miles (482km) away.

  • How do you fight extreme wildfires?

  • Wildfire smoke may cause life-long harm

The wildfire began as two adjacent blazes in Cherry Valley, an area near the city of Beaumont.

It has since stretched out to 26,450 acres (10,703 hectares), according to Cal Fire, the agency battling the wildfire.

As of Monday morning, fire-fighters say it is 5% contained.

The government body said the blaze had been fuelled by high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation in the area.

Here are some key guidelines for protecting yourself against Covid-19 if you must evacuate to a shelter:

  • Wash your hands often

  • Keep six feet of distance from anyone not among your household

  • Wear a face covering when possible, and if possible, wash it regularly

  • Avoid sharing food and drinks

  • Frequently disinfect your area in the shelter (including toys and electronics)

The US Forest Service told the Riverside Press-Enterprise, a local newspaper, that because the fire was on rugged terrain, it was dangerous for firefighters to try and surround it.

"We don't want to put fire-fighters in a dangerous situation," said spokesperson Lisa Cox. "It's burning in a straight line up a mountain."

Ms Cox on Monday told CBS News: "Given the fuel, given the weather, given the topography and where this is going, this fire is not going to stop tonight, it's going to keep going."


More Related News

In Siberia forests, climate change stokes
In Siberia forests, climate change stokes 'zombie fires'

Equipped with a shovel, Grigory Kuksin lifts and turns smouldering earth in the marshy clearing of a sprawling Siberian forest.

Crews make headway against massive California wildfire
Crews make headway against massive California wildfire
  • US
  • 2020-09-23 21:52:33Z

Firefighters notched a victory in their battle to beat back a massive blaze raging outside Los Angeles, more than doubling containment in the past 24 hours, the U.S. Forest Service said on Wednesday. The Bobcat Fire, which has been burning in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles since Sept. 6, was 38% contained as of Wednesday morning, John Clearwater, USFS spokesperson for Angeles National Forest, said in an email update. The Bobcat Fire, one of the largest and most dangerous fires in recorded Los Angeles history, is just one element stoking the worst fire season California has seen to date.

Brazil adds some to force fighting vast wetlands blazes
Brazil adds some to force fighting vast wetlands blazes
  • World
  • 2020-09-23 18:26:17Z

Brazil's government on Wednesday said it was adding 43 more firefighters to a small force battling blazes that have charred a Belgium-sized swath of the world's largest tropical wetlands. President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations this week to fend off criticism of his country's efforts in the Pantanal region as well as the Amazon rainforest to the north - both considered crucial and diverse environments. Satellite images analyzed by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro indicate this season's fires in the drought-parched Pantanal have covered 3.1 million hectares (nearly 12,000 square miles) - an area the size of Belgium or the U.S. state of Maryland and about a fifth of...

Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states
Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states
  • World
  • 2020-09-23 17:27:14Z

A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi after having flooded homes and roadways in Texas. Houston began drying out on Wednesday after some parts of the metro area got nearly 14 inches (35.6 centimeters) of rain over the last three days, according to the National Weather Service. "It's not nearly as bad as it could have been," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Crews make progress against enormous LA-area wildfire
Crews make progress against enormous LA-area wildfire
  • World
  • 2020-09-23 16:36:12Z

Firefighters are finally starting to tame an enormous wildfire burning in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Officials are confident that crews will make more progress on the Bobcat Fire after containment on Wednesday hit 38% - a 21% jump from a day earlier - before hot, dry winds return to Southern California in a few days. Meanwhile, a major fire in the northern part of the state, the CZU Lightning Complex in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, was 100% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said Tuesday evening.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America