82,000 flee raging California fire
A RAPIDLY spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people as the governor of California declared a state of emergency.
Around 34,500 buildings were threatened by the blaze, according to the multi-agency Inciweb information site.
Governor Jerry Brown declared the state of emergency for San Bernardino County, located just 100 kilometres from Los Angeles, where the blaze, which has been named the Blue Cut fire, was quickly growing.
The fire, which began on the morning of August 16, has already burned more than 3600 hectares, according to Inciweb.
It poses “imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures”, according to the website, which said 82,640 people fell under an evacuation warning.
California is in its fifth year of a record drought and undergoing an extreme heat wave. –