REMOTE TOWNS EVACUATED AS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE GROWS
Thousands of firefighters were battling to contain three massive fires in California on Monday, as a record-breaking heatwave lingered across large parts of the western United States.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said 14,800 firefighters were battling 23 significant fires across the state, which has the highest population in the US.
The Creek Fire, which began in the Fresno area of central California on Friday, was 0 percent contained as of Monday afternoon, fire officials said despite 850 firefighters on the scene for three days in sweltering conditions.
The blaze, growing under “extreme weather conditions,” had devoured nearly 79,000 acres (32,000 hectares) of land and its cause remained under investigation, Cal Fire said in a statement.