Large wildfires continue to hit the US state of California. Now one is lit near Los Angeles. Thousands had to flee – 4,000 firefighters were on duty.
A new forest fire in the US state of California has displaced tens of thousands of people. According to the fire department, the so-called Silverado fire broke out near Irvine, about 60 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles, Monday morning and spread quickly in high winds and drought. The flames destroyed 800 acres of land within hours, and about 60,000 people had to leave their homes as a precaution.
“It’s crazy – even in the car my eyes, nose and throat burned,” said Frenchman Frédéric Tournadre, who was sent home by his employer in Irvine.
This year more than 8,000 fires
This year California is suffering from a particularly severe wildfire season. More than 8,000 fires have raged on more than 1.5 million acres of land in the most populous state of the United States, according to a California Fire Department count. More than 30 people died.
According to the California Fire Department, Cal Fire, more than 4,000 firefighters fought 22 wildfires Monday. Areas with 34 million inhabitants currently have the red alarm for high fire risk.
Scientists believe that climate change is partly responsible for the forest and wildfires in the western United States, which have been increasing for years. According to her, drought in vegetation is increasing significantly due to global warming, which in turn promotes the rapid spread of the flames.