The Chaparral Fire the fires southwest of Murrieta started around noon Saturday and had burned 1,200 acres with 0% containment as of Saturday night.
According to Cal Fire, the wildfire forced evacuations for people living “north of Tenaja Truck Trl, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol”, as well as inciting warnings for residents in an adjacent area adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest to “leave now.”
There are 150 firefighters, 23 motorcycle companies, two helicopters and four air tankers fighting the blaze, which grew from just over 20 acres to 1,200 acres in less than six hours, Cal Fire said.
More than 1.66 million acres burned in California
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On Friday, officials warned that California weather conditions over the weekend could be dangerous for fire activity, potentially making the state’s wildfire season even more devastating.
California wildfires have scorched more than 1.66 million acres this year, according to Cal Fire, an area larger than the state of Delaware, and red flag and extreme heat warnings in effect for much of California may present additional challenges.
A red flag warning is issued when threatening weather conditions can lead to extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. Those conditions include low relative humidity, high winds, dry fuels and/or the possibility of dry lightning strikes, Cal Fire said. Due to the smoke, air quality warnings are also in effect for parts of California.
The Caldor Fire, which has been burning east of Sacramento for more than two weeks, is the state’s number one priority, Cal Fire said.
The fire “could quickly spread to more populous communities,” Bryan May, public information officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said in a statement. video posted on twitter. It burned more than 152,000 acres and is 19% contained.
The state’s largest active wildfire, the Dixie fire, has scorched more than 759,200 acres and is 48% contained, according to Cal Fire, after sparking more than six weeks ago. The fire extends across five provinces: Plumas, Lassen, Butte, Tehama and Shasta.
Fires also burn in the western US in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico, according to InciWeb.
In Minnesota, a number of fires are burning in Superior National Forest near the Canadian border, including: the Greenwood Fire, which has scorched over 25,900 acres and contains only 14%.
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