Wildfires Are Ripping Through Parts Of California And Forcing Evacuations
As many as 14 wildfires are ravaging parts of California. Dry and hot conditions have contributed to the blazes which have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
Over 5,000 firefighters are battling the flames that started this past weekend and have been spreading across the state.
In Santa Barbara County, the Whittier Fire is burning on both sides of highway 154 near San Marcos Pass and has consumed 7,800 acres. At least 140 campers, most of them children, had to flee the Circle V Ranch on Saturday in order to escape the flames. The Whittier fire is thought to have started at Camp Whittier near Los Padres National Forest.
As of press time, officials are reporting that 0 percent of the Whittier fire has been contained. With only a 20 percent chance of rain in the coming days, the wildfire could destroy more public land and private property.
The Alamo Fire is currently the largest blaze at 24,000 acres. It is 10 percent contained, those firefighters are struggling with winds that are reaching up to 20 mph.
In northern California, the Wall Fire has burned at least 2,700 acres and has necessitated the evacuation of more than 300 homes in Butte County. It is considered to be 20 percent contained.
Officials and firefighters are warning residents near the blazes to stay up to date on conditions and be prepared to evacuate if conditions become dangerous.
Take a look at this interactive map for updated information about the location of current wildfires, and watch the video below to see just how destructive these fires are becoming: