Wildfire sweeps through California mobile home park

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News ID: 52812
Publish Date: 23:21 - 19 August 2021
Thursday, 19 August 2021 (YJC)_ Rows of homes destroyed and children evacuated from school after Wildfire swept through California mobile home park.

Wildfire sweeps through California mobile home parkA wildfire swept through a northern California mobile home park, leaving dozens of homes in ashes and injuring at least one resident.

Driven by high winds, the grass fire tore through dozens of mobile homes in Lake county before firefighters stopped its progress, fire officials said at a Wednesday evening briefing.

Rows of homes were destroyed on at least two blocks and television footage showed crews dousing burning homes with water. Children were rushed out of an elementary school as a field across the street burned.

Some 1,600 people were ordered to flee, with the Lake county sheriff, Brian Martin, warning of “immediate threat to life and property”.

Like other parts of northern California hit by wildfires this year, Lake county has experienced repeated wildfires in the past decade. The drought-parched region was expected to see red flag warnings for dangerously high winds and hot, dry weather through Thursday.

Fires in the state this year are on pace to exceed the amount of land burned last year, the most in modern history, with officials warning that fire conditions – parched land, high temperatures and gusty winds, show no sign of abating.

Fire crews said on Wednesday they were able to make some progress on the Dixie fire, the largest currently burning in the state. The blaze is now 35% contained, and some evacuation orders were lifted in Plumas and Tehama counties.

The fire is the first to have burned from east to west across the spine of California, where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains meet.

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