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wildfires burning in Northern California in a week, equivalent to a surge in evacuations in half chicago

wildfires burning in Northern California in a week, equivalent to a surge in evacuations in half chicago

Jason Tow makes a phone call as the Dixie Fire burns near his home south of Janesville in Lassen County, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Critical fire weather throughout the region has spread multiple wildfires burning in Northern California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Aug. 20 2021 The Caldo wildfires in northern California are spreading rapidly, burning up the size of half of Chicago in less than a week, forcing thousands of people from their homes.

According to reports, since the 14th (Saturday) mountain fire, the fire control rate is still 0%. Currently, El Dorado County burns more than 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers) of land a day.

As of the 19th, the burned land area has reached 68,630 acres (about 278 square kilometers). From the 16th to the 18th, the fire expanded 24-fold.

19, local officials said at a news conference, the wildfire occurred about 100 miles west of Sacramento, has burned more than 150 cars and 137 buildings.

Currently, most areas of El Dorado County are still under evacuation orders or warnings. The number of people evacuated jumped to about 23,000 from 16,380 the day before, according to the governor’s office of emergency services.

“The wildfires are spreading rapidly due to dry weather and high winds, making them difficult to control and more challenging when resources are tight,” said Jennifer Eberlien, a California forest ranger. In order to ensure the safety of the public and firefighters and to reduce the likelihood of new fires, some forests should be closed to the public.

Wildfires across the U.S. have burned more than 2.5 million acres across the country, according to the California Fire Department, and the cause of the wildfires is still under investigation.

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