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California's Massive Fire Moves Rapidly With Only 10% Contained

  • Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jon Heggie called the disaster a

    Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jon Heggie called the disaster a "direct result of climate change." Jul. 25, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@TonyHussein4

Published 25 July 2022

According to local authorities, the so-called "Oak Fire" now covers 6 800 hectares, while only 10 percent of it has been contained.

The fire started last Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills and has grown rapidly and uncontrollably amid the drought and high temperatures currently afflicting the U.S.

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Battalion Chief Jon Heggie said the fire "is moving extremely fast and the reaction time to get people out is limited because that fire is moving so fast."

The official added that over 2 500 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has a "truly unprecedented" rate of advance and behavior. 

In addition, Cal Fire said 17 helicopters, 281 fire engines, 66 bulldozers and 46 tankers had been assigned to fight the fire.

The "Oak Fire" spreads through Mariposa County, near Yosemite National Park and its famous giant sequoias. Seven structures have been confirmed destroyed, the agency said Monday.

The Cal Fire Battalion Chief called the disaster a "direct result of climate change" and said the fire was fueled in particular by dead trees and dry brush in a region that has long suffered from drought.

A press release from California Governor Gavin Newsom's office on Saturday said at least 3 000 people had been forced to evacuate their homes due to the fire.


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