(LOS ANGELES) – An intense fire fanned by strong winds spread through Southern California on Tuesday and prompted authorities to issue an evacuation order for several thousand people.
About 5,700 people were asked to leave areas threatened by fire in a rural area southeast of Los Angeles.
The “highland fire”, which broke out midday on Monday, extended to more than 900 hectares on Tuesday morning and firefighters were unable to contain it at all.
The fire destroyed three buildings and damaged six others.
More than 300 firefighters are currently working to fight the fire with the help of water bombers.
A spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Brigade told AFP that strong winds complicate firefighters’ mission.
“The biggest problem right now is the strong winds,” she explained. “It’s also a matter of terrain – the fire settles and settles in a lot of ravines and ravines. »
Wind speeds are expected to reach 50 kilometers per hour during the day, according to the National Meteorological Directorate.
Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are common in the fall in the southwestern United States and increase fire risk in this highly fire-prone region.
The last extremely wet winter, followed by an exceptionally wet remainder of 2023, led to massive vegetation growth across wide areas of California after years of drought.
Experts have warned that these plants could dry out and fuel fires in a region severely affected by climate change.
Scientists regularly point out that climate change is affecting our weather patterns, making dry periods longer and more intense and wet periods more intense.
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