Cal­i­for­nia grapes threat­ened by giant fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MAS­SIVE wild­fire has de­stroyed scores of build­ings and threat­ens to raze sev­eral vine­yards in Cal­i­for­nia, where a pro­longed drought has left veg­e­ta­tion tin­der-dry, of­fi­cials warned.

The Sober­anes fire, in the coastal Big Sur tourism hot spot, has in­cin­er­ated 270 square kilo­me­tres of the Los Padres Na­tional For­est since it started more than two weeks ago.

Some 5000 fire­fight­ers are bat­tling the blaze, which is just 50 per­cent con­tained, said Rigob­erto Her­rera of the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion (CalFire) on Au­gust 9.

The moun­tain­ous ter­rain in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia has made the job par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult, and the flames have de­stroyed 57 build­ings with another 410 un­der threat, caus­ing hun­dreds of home­own­ers to evac­u­ate.

A bull­dozer driver died bat­tling the flames, said CalFire, while four vine­yards un­der threat, ac­cord­ing to Kim Stem­ler of the Mon­terey County Vint­ners and Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the blaze are un­der way. –

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