Articles tagged "california wildfires"

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3 dead, nearly 100 000 evacuate as two massive wildfires explode in Northern California

At least 3 people lost their lives while almost 100 000 have fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires continue to rage in Northern California. As of Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the Glass Fire has consumed more than 18 000 ha (45 000 acres) of land and,...

September 30, 2020

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Death toll jumps to 15 as record wildfires continue raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, U.S.

At least 15 people have been killed in record-breaking wildfires burning through the western U.S. as of Friday, September 11, 2020, with California, Oregon, and Washington bearing the brunt of the blazes. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC),...

September 11, 2020

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2 million acres burned by wildfires in California, surpassing all-time record set in 2018

This season's wildfires in California, U.S. have burned more than 809 000 ha (2 million acres) of land by September 7, 2020, surpassing the all-time record of 793 180 ha (1.96 million acres) set in 2018. Cal Fire began tracking the numbers in 1987. "We...

September 08, 2020

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Explosive fire activity in California - at least 5 people killed, more than 690 000 acres scorched and 770 structures destroyed

At least 5 people have been killed and more than 30 injured as destructive wildfires continue burning across California. More than 770 structures were destroyed, nearly 283 279 ha (700 000 acres) of land scorched, more than 60 000 people evacuated and 100 000 more...

August 21, 2020

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Wildfires force new evacuations, threaten thousands of structures as California declares state of emergency

The Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency on August 18, 2020, as a result of the ongoing wildfires and heatwave affecting the state. As of early August 20, more than 400 wildfires are burning across the state. An 'Extreme...

August 20, 2020

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First-ever fire tornado warning issued by the NWS, California

A fire tornado produced by the Loyalton Fire in Northern California forced the National Weather Service to issue its first-ever fire tornado warning on Saturday, August 15, 2020. At least five tornado-strength/scale vortices are likely to have occurred within just 2...

August 17, 2020

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Major wildfire spreads in Southern California, more than 8 000 people urged to evacuate

A major wildfire emerged in Cherry Valley, Southern California, on Friday evening, July 31, 2020, prompting evacuation orders for more than 8 000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The blaze, called the Apple Fire, has spread to 10 860 ha (26 850...

August 04, 2020

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Extremely dangerous fire weather conditions for California, 26 million people under red flag warning

Critical and extremely critical fire weather conditions continue across parts of California through Thursday, October 31, 2019, especially for southern California. At least 10 fires are burning across the state on October 30, with more than 26 million people under...

October 30, 2019

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200 000 Sonoma County residents under 'largest' mandatory evacuation ever as Kincade Fire grows, California

A total of 200 000 residents in Sonoma County were put under mandatory evacuation on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019, due to the rapidly growing Kincade Fire which started burning Wednesday last week, October 23. According to deputies, it is the largest evacuation...

October 28, 2019

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Kincade Fire explodes to 4 047 ha (10 000 acres), mandatory evacuations ordered, California

A fast-moving wildfire has exploded in rural Sonoma County late Wednesday (LT), October 23, 2019. The so-called Kincade Fire further intensified by 113 km/h (70 mph) winds, consuming around 4 047 hectares (10 000 acres) by October 24 and forcing hundreds of...

October 24, 2019

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Deadly wildfires leave widespread devastation in California

Wildfires have been raging across California, killing a number of residents, forcing mass evacuations, destroying properties, and wreaking havoc in the region. 100 000 residents had to flee on Friday, October 11, after Saddleridge Fire swept through the northern...

October 15, 2019

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Saddleridge Fire explodes in Southern California, mandatory evacuation in San Fernando Valley

Critical to extremely critical fire weather conditions continue on Friday across portions of Southern California due to gusty winds and a very dry airmass. These conditions should subside by the weekend as an upper level trough approaches the region. The setup has...

October 11, 2019

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Slow-moving nor'easter affecting parts of the Northeast, anomalously cold air mass drops into the Central USA

Heavy rain and gusty winds produced by a potent, slow-moving ocean storm / nor'easter are expected to linger over southeastern New England into Saturday, October 12, 2019. Meanwhile, an early-season major winter storm continues across the Northern Plains as an...

October 11, 2019

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California wildfires death toll jumps to 79, more than still 1 000 missing

The death toll from the Camp Fire in California's Butte County jumped to 76 on November 18, 2018. 3 people were killed in Woolsey Fire, raising the death toll from current wildfires in the state to 79. The Camp Fire has so far burned 60 000 hectares (148 000...

November 17, 2018

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Camp Fire now deadliest and most destructive in California history

Camp Fire has exploded in size since November 8, 2018, and is now the deadliest and most destructive individual wildfire in California history. On November 12, the death toll climbed to 31 and there are still 121 people missing. As of 19:36 PST, November 11 (03:36...

November 12, 2018

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Camp Fire most destructive in California history: 6 711 structures destroyed

A destructive wildfire is rapidly growing in California's Butte County since it started early November 8, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fire grew to 8 000 ha (20 000 acres) before the end of the day and is still 0% contained....

November 09, 2018

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Fast-moving Delta Fire traps drivers on highway, destroys homes and forces evacuations, California

Delta Fire began 3.2 km (2 miles) north of Lakehead in Shasta County, California on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Forest Service classified the cause as 'human.' The fire has since rapidly grown to 8 900 hectares (22 000 acres) and is 0% contained as of...

September 07, 2018

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Mendocino Fire Complex explodes in size, now 2nd largest fire in history of California

The Mendocino Fire Complex in California exploded in size over the weekend and is now the second largest wildfire in the history of California. It's on the pace to become the largest wildfire in state's history. The fire has consumed 110 747 hectares (273...

August 06, 2018

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California fires: 8 killed, 880+ structures destroyed and more than 37 000 people evacuated

California Governor Jerry Brown issued emergency proclamations for Riverside, Mariposa, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties over the past couple of days after raging wildfires claimed lives of 8 people, forced more than 37 000 to evacuate and destroyed...

July 30, 2018

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State of emergency in Northern California as Pawnee Fire destroys 22 buildings, threatens 600

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Lake County on June 25, 2018, due to the effects of the Pawnee Fire, which has destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure, caused power outages and the evacuation of residents. A...

June 26, 2018

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Thomas Fire grows to largest in California history

At 273 400 acres (110 641 ha) on Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Thomas Fire has become the largest wildfire in the history of California. So far, it destroyed 1 063, damaged 280 and still threatens 18 000 structures. It is now 65% contained and the estimated...

December 23, 2017

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Thomas Fire grows to 3rd largest in history of California, new evacuations ordered

The Thomas Fire in California is burning for the 13th day in a row and has now grown to 259 000 acres (104 813 ha), making it the third largest wildfire in the history of California. As of December 16, the fire is only 40% contained and is still growing. One...

December 16, 2017

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SoCal Wildfires: Los Angeles, Ventura declare state of emergency as 200 000 evacuate

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in response to several rapidly spreading wildfires. More than 200 000 people in Southern California were forced to evacuate their homes as several wildfires fueled by...

December 06, 2017

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Thomas Fire in Ventura County, CA explodes overnight, mass evacuations and power outages

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California started on Monday, December 4, 2017 and exploded to 31 000 acres (12 545 ha) overnight, claiming the life of at least one person and burning at least 150 structures. The fire has so far forced evacuations of 27 000...

December 05, 2017

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California wildfires: 14 720 homes destroyed or damaged, 43 people killed, $3.3 billion loss

The wildfires that ravaged parts of California in October caused at least $3 billion in insured losses, a total of 14 720 damaged or destroyed homes, and nearly 3 200 personal vehicle losses, officials said Tuesday. As of November 2, the death toll stands at 43....

November 02, 2017

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Worst wildfires in California history: 32 dead, 3 500 structures destroyed

Massive wildfires fanned by strong winds that ignited in Northern California on Sunday, October 8, 2017 are now the worst the state has seen in its history. As of early October 10, at least 11 people have been killed, more than 100 are believed to be missing and...

October 10, 2017

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Massive fires in California destroy hundreds of homes, force mass evacuations

​Massive wildfires burning out of control in California since Sunday, October 8, 2017, have destroyed hundreds of homes, caused widespread power outages, forced mass evacuations and shut down major roadways overnight. The series of fires began to ignite Sunday...

October 09, 2017

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Detwiler Fire explodes in size, 29 structures destroyed, 1 500 threatened

A massive, fast-burning wildfire is raging west of Yosemite National Park in California, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fire exploded in size on Wednesday, July 19 to 19 424 hectares (48 000 acres). It has so far scorched 19 424 hectares...

July 20, 2017

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Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California

Santa Clara County residents living near the Loma Fire in Santa Cruz mountains, California have been ordered to evacuate yesterday after a dangerous wildfire broke out on September 26, 2016. Firefighters from throughout California are aggressively fighting the fire...

September 28, 2016

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Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California

The Bluecut Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest was first reported at 17:36 UTC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The fire has rapidly spread to over 30 000 acres (12 140 hectares / 121.4 km2) by 15:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 17. More than 80 000...

August 17, 2016

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Soberanes Fire: Massive wildfire burns over 17 500 hectares (43 400 acres) in California, thousands threatened

The Soberanes Fire, a massive blaze the size of San Francisco, between Monterey and Big Sur, California has been burning for 11 days to date. It burned about 17 563 hectares (43 400 acres) and was 18% contained, as of August 2, 2016, according to CalFire. Thousands...

August 02, 2016

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Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016....

July 25, 2016

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Erskine fire California's most destructive this year, fire potential expanding to Sierras and central coast

The "Erskine fire" started on June 23, 2016, northeast of Bakersfield, California due to a yet-unknown cause. By June 27th, it grew into the state's largest and most destructive wildfire this year. As the summer progresses, above-normal fire potential...

June 28, 2016

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Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

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California's Sherpa Fire almost triples in size overnight, state of emergency declared

More than 1 200 firefighters are battling the so-called Sherpa Fire in California's Santa Barbara County after it almost tripled in size overnight Friday, June 17, to more than 4 000 acres. As of mid-Friday, the fire was only 5% contained; one outbuilding has...

June 17, 2016

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California wildfires leave 6 people dead, nearly 1600 homes destroyed in two of the biggest

Nearly 1 600 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires in California - Butte and Valley fires - making them among the worst ever in state's history, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday, September 20. At the same day,

September 21, 2015

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65 000 acres burned down in only a few days, as wild fire blaze spread across northern California

An explosive wildfire which started on September 8, 2015, has forced 2 700 residents across the northern California to evacuate by September 11. A state of emergency was declared by California Governor Jerry Brown, as more than 1 500 firefighters have been dispatched ac

September 12, 2015

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Series of wildfires in Northern California continue blazing

There are at least five fire complexes currently burning in California: River, Fork, South, Route and Mad River.The Mad River complex is a series of seven lightning fires that started on July 30, 2015 after a lightning storm moved through Northern California. After init

August 05, 2015

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Wildfires raging across the drought-striken California: 1 person dead, thousands of acres burnt

A 4 year drought period has provided an ideal platform for raging wildfires that have ignited the grounds of the state of California, as of July 29, 2015. As wildfires are spreading, further devastating the drought-stricken grounds, evacuations are being ordered across

August 02, 2015

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Massive wildfires in California as seen from space

An intense heatwave coupled with the Santa Ana winds lead to an outbreak of multiple wildfires throughout California this week. Most of those wildfires originated from the Bernardo Fire, which had ignited on May 13, 2014. In just 24 hours t

May 16, 2014