Raging Wildfires Prompt Major Evacuation

Cal Fire firefighters watch a large plume of smoke as it rises from the Rocky Fire on August 1, 2015 near Clearlake, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(SOURCE)  As of Monday afternoon, California’s largest wildfire has rapidly devoured 60,000 acres, with 12 percent of the flame contained. The blaze, called the Rocky Fire, roughly tripled in size over the weekend. 

“It is jaw-dropping to see some of the things it is doing,” Cal Fire spokesman Jason Shanley said. 

The giant blaze generated its own winds, spreading the flames at a rate of thousands an acre an hour, according to The Associated Press.

Luckily, lower temperatures and higher humidity levels have allowed firefighters to contain the fire, according to Capt. Don Camp of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house on July 31, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently five percent contained and has destroyed three homes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The fire has destroyed at least 24 homes, 26 outbuildings and three structures. It is also threatening 6,300 homes scattered throughout rural areas, according to the AP

California officials have ordered 12,000 people to evacuate their homes. In total, all evacuations impact over 12,190 citizens living in over 5,201 residences, according to Cal Fire. Additional evacuations have been ordered Monday morning to residents in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties.  

State fire spokesman, Daniel Berlant, said that many of the wildfires were ignited by ligtning. Several thousand lightning strikes have ignited several hundred small wildfires throughout the northern part of California, Berlant said. With gusty winds forecasted for areas in Northern California, the danger is expected to continue into Monday.

According to the AP, Engine Capt. David Ruhl, from South Dakota, was killed on Thursday battling a blaze that broke out in the Modoc National Forest. Four other firefighters were burned in a blaze northeast of Sacramento on Saturday.

Nearly 3,000 personnel are fighting the blaze with an additional 38 water tenders, 19 helicopters, 58 bulldozers and 59 hand crews. Both the California and Colorado national guards deployed four C-130 air tankers.

2 thoughts on “Raging Wildfires Prompt Major Evacuation

  1. I have family members fighting these fires. Sadly a fire fighter has already died. One fire is 2 miles away from my brother. A couple of days ago, here in Northern California, we had a huge thunder storm. So much lightening following days of 100 degree weather has created a very dangerous environment. I ask everyone to keep, the firefighters and families effected by these fires, in your prayers. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for your comment Rebecca.

    Let us all pray for the good Lord to protect and comfort the men and women risking their lives to fight these horrendous fires in California and other States in the Union. May he guide them to safety, place a protective shield around them, and bring them all home safely. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

    God bless sister Rebecca! May the Lord give you peace and comfort in these trying times!

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