California wildfire forces 13,000 people to flee

Northern California

California: A rapidly spreading wildfire that started in Northern California has prompted authorities to urge more than 13,000 residents to evacuate.

As of Tuesday evening, the Thompson Fire, which broke out in Butte County near the City of Oroville, had burned over 2,100 acres (roughly 8.5 square kilometers) of land, and no containment had been reached, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as reported by the Xinhua news agency. Because of the wildfire, a portion of Butte County has been placed under mandatory evacuation and evacuation alerts.

In the meantime, Oroville issued a local emergency declaration on Tuesday night, stating that because of the unusually high temperatures and strong winds, the fire is anticipated to continue to threaten significant geographic regions inside the city for an undetermined amount of time.

According to Oroville officials, the fire has resulted in and is very likely to result in severe situations, including power outages, infrastructure damage, charred trees, slope collapses, and building damage. Governor Gavin Newsom of California said that the western US state has received federal money to help with the Thompson Fire response.


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