Wildfires rage in California, stoked by extreme heat in U.S. West
Three large wildfires burned in California and a fourth was growing quickly on Monday as a weekend heatwave lingered across large swaths of the western United States.
The Creek Fire, which has engulfed the Fresno area in central California and caused the emergency evacuation over the weekend of more than 200 people vacationing at a popular reservoir, was still not contained as of Monday afternoon, fire officials said.
The blaze, growing under “extreme weather conditions,” had devoured nearly 79,000 acres (32,000 hectares) of land, while a cause remained under investigation, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said in a statement.
Officials in Madera County issued evacuation orders and urged the county’s 157,000 residents to leave if they felt unsafe.
A hiker who had just embarked on a multi-day trip when the Creek Fire broke out and had to find a way out of the blaze shared the harrowing experience on social media.
8 September 2020