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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Thousands injured in California fires

VEED, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Thousands of people remained under evacuation orders Saturday as wind-driven wildfires ravaged rural areas of northern California, injuring many and damaging homes.

The fire, which broke out in or near a sawmill on Friday afternoon, quickly spread to a neighborhood on the northern bank of the Weed, but the flames were later swept away from the city of about 2,600 people.

People told that there was a lot of smoke and pieces of ash were falling from the sky.

Annie Peterson said she was sitting on the porch of her home near Rosberg Forest Products, which produces plywood, when “all of a sudden we heard a big bang and smoke came towards us.”

Soon his house and about a dozen others caught fire. Members of her church helped her and her son, who has mobility problems, to get out, saying that the sight of smoke and flames seemed “the end of the world”.

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) spokeswoman Suzy Brady said several people were injured.

Rebecca Taylor, communications director for Roseberg Forest Products based in Springfield, Ore., said it was not clear at this time whether the fire started near company property. An empty building at one end of the complex burned down, he said, adding that all employees have been evacuated and no casualties were reported.

The fire, called Mill, was fueled by 35 mph (56 km/h) winds and soon swept 4 square miles (10.3 square kilometers) of land.

The flames spread rapidly over the dry grass, brush and wood. About 7,500 residents in Weed and surrounding communities were ordered to evacuate.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Sissou County, saying they “received federal funding to help ensure the availability of critical resources to extinguish the fire.”

Around the same time the fire broke out, there were power outages affecting about 9,000 customers, and several thousand were still without power at night, according to a blackout website from the electric company PacificCorp, which stated that the situation was affected by the fire. The reason was ,

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It is the third major fire in as many days in California, which is suffering a prolonged drought and heat wave that is expected to push thermometers closer to 38 degrees Celsius (about 100 Fahrenheit) in many areas during the day’s weekend. from work.

Scientists say climate change has made the country’s west hotter and drier over the past three decades, and will make the weather more extreme and make fires more frequent and destructive. Over the past five years, California has suffered the largest and most devastating fire in its history.

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Associated Press writers Olga R. Rodriguez and Jenny Haar, and Stephanie Dizio and Brian Meley in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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