Mas­sive fires rage in Cal­i­for­nia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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