Oak fire spreads out of control in California

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A fierce forest fire in California spread on Sunday (07.24.2022) and is advancing out of control, burning several thousand hectares and forcing more evacuations.

More than 2,000 firefighters, supported by 17 helicopters, were deployed against the Oak fire, which broke out on Friday in California, near Yosemite National Park, the California Forest Protection Service (CAL FIRE) reported.

As of Sunday morning, just two days after it was declared, the fire had consumed 5,780 hectares, more than half the size of Paris, and was 0% contained, according to CAL FIRE.

The authorities assured that the fire is progressing completely out of control, since the heat and low humidity “difficult” the extinction work.

“The extreme consequences of the drought have led to a critical level of combustibility,” according to the CAL FIRE report.

Deemed “explosive” by authorities, the fire leaves destroyed homes and vehicles in its wake, as emergency personnel work to evacuate residents and protect buildings threatened by advancing flames.

Already 10 properties have been destroyed, five damaged and thousands are in danger.

More than 6,000 people have been evacuated, said CAL FIRE official Hector Vasquez.

“Personnel from various departments across the state are arriving to help control this fire,” Vasquez told AFP, calling the situation “really complex.”

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