Multiple Wildfires Rage Across California

10 July, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • The Wall Fire has burned 200 acres and is not contained according to Cal Fire

Wildfires have swept across wide areas of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and staff at a California camp ground.

The fire jumped retardant lines that had been in place on Friday afternoon and began "burning out of control", according to Santa Barbara County Fire's Dave Zaniboni.

In a separate wildfire near the town of Oroville in Butte County, five residents and one firefighter sustained minor injuries, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The second fire, known as the Alamo Fire, which burned in San Luis Obispo County, north of Santa Barbara County, has exploded to 19,000 acres after breaking out on Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

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The fire crested the Santa Ynez Mountains above west Goleta on Saturday night, and an aggressive air attack is underway to hold it to the 1,500 acres that have been burned on the south side of the ridge. That fire is 14,342 acres and 11 percent contained. Fires are burning throughout the West amid record high temperatures.

The CBC reports, "Around a dozen wildfires of concern were listed Sunday morning, burning through more than 15,500 hectares of land and threatening buildings in the Interior and Cariboo".

Firefighters were contending with almost 200 wildfires burning in British Columbia that had destroyed dozens of buildings, including several homes and two airport hangars.

A fast-moving California fire doubled in size overnight, as firefighters attempted to combat the blaze on Saturday.

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Santa Barbara County residents were also cleared out as the Whittier fire continued to burn.

In Colorado, residents of almost 500 homes outside the ski town of Breckenridge were allowed to return home Friday night. County Animal Services in Santa Barbara is also providing shelter care.

On Saturday, hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate the remote canyons affected by the fire.

Evacuation orders remain in effect Sunday for Hwy.

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