Over 200,000 flee homes due to Southern California wildfires

Southern California wildfires : Firefighters continue to battle uncontrollable wildfires across Southern California that have displaced over 200,000 from their homes while killing one person and destroying hundreds of structures.

The Southern California wildfires are threatening to burn billions of dollars’ worth property, as per a report in Reuters. They come only weeks following the wildfires in the northern part of the American state, mainly around the wine country, causing property losses of over $9 billion while killing 43 people.

The Southern California wildfires have been triggered by the Santa Ana winds. Officials have removed evacuation orders for certain regions of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with the intensity of the wildfires coming down slightly. It is reported that firefighters are gradually able to keep some major files under control.

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California wildfire news. Photo courtesy of State of California.

However, it is not all over it seems, with the National Weather Service anticipating the top wind velocity to increase to 89kmph on Sunday from what it was 64kmph. As many as 8,700 firefighters who are doing their best to douse half-a-dozen fast-spreading fires have a major challenge coming up on Sunday.

The Southern California wildfires had destroyed close to 800 buildings right through the week with most damage taking place in Ventura County caused by the Thomas Fire that began on Monday.

The Thomas Fire, the largest of the Southern California wildfires, had already burnt 148,000 acres by Saturday, which is nearly the size of Chicago city.

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said that the state has secured direct federal assistance to support the response to Southern California wildfires with the White House approving its request.

Edmund G. Brown Jr added: “California is grateful for the quick approval of our request and the ongoing efforts of local, state and federal emergency responders to protect communities across Southern California.”

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