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Five die in wildfire in California

International Desk
Published on : 29 July 2018, 11:43 AM
Five die in wildfire in California

 

Northern California`s fierce wildfire claims five lives including two children and their great-grandmother. On Thursday, two firefighters died while performing their duties. So far, 17 people are still missing and tens of thousands have been forced to leave their homes.

Firefighters say that the strong winds turned into "fire tornados" in the Shasta County and due to this, the trees were uprooted and several cars were inverted. Firefighters are trying to bring the situation under control.

At least 500 installations have been destroyed and thousands of homes are under direct threat of the blaze known as Carr fire.

The fires started on Monday after a car malfunctioned. About 48 thousand acres of land were burnt to the fire. The fire spread throughout the greater area than the San Francisco City.

More than 3,400 firefighters have been deployed in the rescue operation. They are trying to control the fire but only 5 percent has been brought under control. The local fire department said that hot and dry weather will prevail throughout this week. As a result, the situation is likely to get worse. About 37,000 people were forced to leave the area.

Wildfires in California during the dry season are common phenomena. But experts say that this is the worst fire in the last 10 years.

 

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