82,000 flee rag­ing Cal­i­for­nia fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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