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The drought in California is not about to end anytime soon and is even threatening to make victims. It was recently reported that a wildfire in north-central California has destroyed more than four hundred buildings, while thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes.
On September 13, California Governor Jerry Brown had to declare a state of emergency, as the area was still ablaze on Sunday night.
Lynn Valentine, a representative of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued a statement, confirming that at least 400 homes were burnt and the fire also affected ten businesses and two apartment complexes. A full assessment of the damage has not yet been conducted.
The fire started about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento on Saturday afternoon. The blaze, also called the Valley Fire spread very fast into Napa county. It was reported that about 50,000 acres of land were burnt by Sunday evening.
“Every hour, it was essentially doubling in size. Conditions in California are incredibly dry, and it doesn’t take much for a fire to spark and spread rapidly,” said Daniel Berlant, who is a representative of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
According to other representatives of the community, the people living in the area had hardly expected something as devastating as this to occur. Even if this is far from being the first and worst wildfire reported in California this year, the area seemed to be much safer than the ones surrounded by woods. The fire spread at a very rapid pace, taking over whole neighborhoods in a matter of hours.
“This is the catastrophe nobody wanted. Nobody was prepared for this,” said the pastor for the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, Steve Nesheim, who accommodated about 200 people after their homes caught fire on Saturday night.
Even if nobody was reported dead yet, four firefighters have suffered multiple burns and needed hospitalization. They are now in a stable condition.
The causes of the fire are unknown yet , but the investigators are working on it, according to Daniel Berlant.
In spite of the fact that most of the threat seems to have been removed, some structures have been so deeply affected, that there are hundreds of homes which are still not considered safe. Middletown was the most affected community and a lot of damage control needs to be done for the residents to be able to go back home.
Another fire occurred in California only last week, affecting Amador and Calaveras counties and burning over 65,000 acres of land. The authorities said they only managed to put out 20 percent of it.
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