Friday, 17 August, 2018

Wildfire In Shasta County Explodes In Size, New Evacuations Ordered

Local firefighters headed south to assist with fire in Riverside County Man arrested on suspicion of setting 4,700-acre brush fire near Idyllwild
Kayla Schwartz | 27 July, 2018, 04:18

But officials with the park said that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger.

A California man has been taken into custody on suspicion of arson, as firefighters have contained just 5 percent of the blaze that started Wednesday in the Idyllwild area in Riverside County. He has been booked into a detention center for "five counts of arson to wildland", and it wasn't immediately clear what his motivation might be.

The blaze forced 3,200 people to evacuate in communities such as Idyllwild, Mountain Center and Lake Hemet as it destroyed five structures and threatened 2,100 homes, the agency said. Other homes looked to be covered with red flame retardant.

The fire broke out late Wednesday morning off Highway 74 east of Hemet.

Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in Riverside and Shasta counties as fires burn on both ends of the state.

Turks in Berlin rally around Ozil in racism row
I thought it was dumb that Ozil took that picture but his reasoning is understandable. Congratulations to those who said he was the reason for a bad German World Cup.

The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest sent up a cloud 50,000 feet high that was so enormous it created its own weather in the form of lightning, the National Weather Service reported.

The Ferguson Fire in central California, which has grown to more than 43,200 acres, has forced parts of the nearby Yosemite National Park to close until at least Sunday.

By 6:30 p.m., it had burned an estimated 3,000 acres and there was no containment.

Thousands of people are fleeing wildfires in California, while on the other coast, residents in the mid-Atlantic are bracing for a new round of torrential storms and potential flooding on Thursday.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Idyllwild, after a fire erupted around noon on Wednesday and quickly grew as a record-setting heat wave grips the region.

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