According to Cal Fire, a rapidly spreading wildfire near Hemet, California, claimed the lives of at least two people and injured another during the historic heat wave that is currently engulfing much of the U.S. West.
The Fairview Fire expanded by 500 acres an hour after it started around 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The Riverside County Fire Department reported that it had expanded to 2,000 acres and was 5% contained by Monday night.
Officials from Riverside County issued evacuation orders for surrounding regions that were threatened by the fire. It has burned at least seven structures and damaged many more.
According to the most recent data from the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 53 significant fires being fought by firefighters throughout the United States.
In addition to the Fairview Fire, the Mill Fire also claimed the lives of two individuals over the weekend as it ravaged the little town of Weed in rural Northern California.
Fire had burnt roughly 11,500 acres of land in California
According to Cal Fire, that fire in Siskiyou County, close to the border with Oregon, had burnt roughly 11,500 acres. It was 20% contained as of Monday night.
The Double Creek Fire in Oregon, which drove campers to flee over the weekend near the isolated village of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area, has destroyed about 43,700 acres and is 0% contained as of Monday.
From Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, there is a high chance of fire weather over sections of Northeastern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Basin.
The NWS stated that the fire weather hazard “has resulted in Red Flag Warnings being issued over portions of the region.”
There is also a high risk of fire weather over sections of the Northern High Plains and the Northern Intermountain Region.
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