Massive fires rage in California
THOUSANDS of firefighters continued to battle huge wildfires in California, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry.
At least one person has died in the blazes.
Since July 22, California has been threatened by blazes like the massive Soberanes fire which has charred 16,437 hectares north of Big Sur, one of the region’s most popular tourist draws with its sharp cliffs rising above the Pacific Ocean.
Authorities have sent almost 5300 people to fight the wildfire, which so far has been just 18 percent contained.
The fire has destroyed 57 homes, and is threatening another 2000 structures which has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of residents.
The driver of a bulldozer died last week while taking part in the battle to contain the spreading fires.
Another wildfire, the Goose fire, has been burning since July 30. –