Wash­ing­ton state de­clares wild­fire emer­gency

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A GROW­ING num­ber of wild­fires were threat­en­ing peo­ple and prop­erty in the western United States, with the gov­er­nor of Wash­ing­ton state declar­ing a state of emer­gency in 20 coun­ties.

“Th­ese fires threaten peo­ple, prop­erty and the nat­u­ral re­sources of eastern Wash­ing­ton,” Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee said in a state­ment on Au­gust 23.

“This procla­ma­tion frees up state re­sources so we can pro­vide the as­sis­tance that th­ese com­mu­ni­ties might need. This is a time for all Wash­ing­to­ni­ans to come to­gether.”

The fires in the largely ru­ral ar­eas of the state have de­stroyed more than 25 build­ings and threat­ened hun­dreds more, trig­ger­ing evac­u­a­tions, Mr Inslee said.

They in­cluded the Cherry Road Fire, which has charred 12,800 hectares and is 50 per­cent con­tained, while the Kahlo­tus Fire has burned 8000ha and was 19pc con­tained.

The Spokane Com­plex fire was threat­en­ing 167 res­i­dences, with two dam­aged and 12 de­stroyed.

Mr Inslee noted weather con­di­tions in the next seven days will be hot and windy, ham­per­ing ef­forts by fire­fight­ers who are al­ready short-handed.

Fur­ther south along the Pa­cific coast, 10,000 fire­fight­ers were bat­tling six gi­gan­tic wild­fires rag­ing out of con­trol in Cal­i­for­nia.

In some pos­i­tive news, the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County, just 100 kilo­me­tres from Los An­ge­les, was con­tained on Au­gust 23.

It has forced the evac­u­a­tion of more than 82,000 peo­ple, snarling traf­fic as high­ways across the re­gion were closed.

The mon­ster blaze has burned through 14,700ha, de­stroy­ing 321 build­ings in­clud­ing 105 homes. That makes it the 20th most de­struc­tive fire in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory, ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire. –

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