California battles wildfires as authorities warn of extreme heat

California battles wildfires as authorities warn of extreme heat
California battles wildfires as authorities warn of extreme heat

Los Angeles, Jul 9 (EFE).- California firefighters are working Tuesday to contain several wildfires in the state, while authorities are now warning residents and tourists about the extreme heat wave facing several regions, which could fuel the fires.

Santa Barbara County officials have issued more evacuation orders for residents in the area affected by the Lake Fire, which has become the state’s largest fire this year, with more than 26,000 acres (10,593 hectares) burned and just 12 percent contained.

More than a thousand firefighters have been working for hours to save several ranches in Santa Maria County from the flames, including ‘Neverland’, which was owned by Michael Jackson and was sold in 2020 by the heirs of the King of Pop.

Not so lucky was the historic Silverthorn Pizza & Pub restaurant, owned by the late musician Merle Haggard, which was consumed by a wildfire in the northern part of the state near Lake Shasta.

East of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, the Vista Fire continues to burn more ground since it began last Sunday and forced the evacuation of the Mt. Baldy ski resort.

High temperatures in the Golden State have worsened the outlook for firefighters dealing with 17 active fires currently.

More than 70 million people are under extreme heat warnings in the West, which includes Washington and Oregon.

A motorcyclist died last Saturday due to high temperatures while visiting Death Valley in California.

Nearby, the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that tourist town Palm Springs, which set an all-time heat record on Sunday with 51 degrees Celsius, will experience an extreme heat wave this week. EFE

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