CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES GROW IN SIZE

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES GROW IN SIZE

GROWING WILDFIRES THROUGH PARTS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAVE RAVAGED AVOCADO FARMS, RACEHORSE STABLES AND A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.

 

Milder weather has aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

 

Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving blazes for five days from the San Diego area up the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County.

 

The fires killed at least one person, destroyed 500 structures, hurt six people and injured four firefighters.

At the peak, about 212,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

 

Evacuation orders were lifted in some areas, welcome news for many in shelters waiting to see if their homes survived.

 

"The weather moderated today and the milder winds allowed for an increase in the number of both helicopters and air tankers that could safely complete mission dropping water and fire retardant, as well as conducting reconnaissance tasks," the Ventura County Fire Department said on its website

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