Thousands Flee as Wildfire Ravages California

Thousands of people in Southern California had fled the southeast of Los Angeles by Saturday after a deadly wildfire raged.

So far two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes burned as wind-whipped flames sweep through the region.

The US Forest Service said More than 1,300 firefighters were battling the fast-moving Cranston Fire, which began on Wednesday and forced the evacuation of about 7,000 people in the US’ most populous state.

It added that the hazards created by Cranston and another fire have caused the temporary closure of all US Forest Service lands within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for the Cal Fire department, said law enforcement colleagues were “doing evacuations as fast as we can” because the fire was moving so fast, AFP writes.

“There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters,” he said.

“Continued hot dry weather is forecasted for the remainder of the weekend with triple-digit temperatures,” Cal Fire said on its website.

“The winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation still have the potential to fuel fire growth.”

Last year was the worst on record for wildfire devastation in California, with more than 40 deaths and around 9,000 structures razed in fires that ravaged the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.

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