Thousands of people are being evacuated from Northern California as the fire engulfed nearly 50,000 acres of land and destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities warn of conditions that create a "perfect combination" for its further spread.
"The Kaldor fire continues to exhibit unprecedented fire behavior and growth due to extremely dry forests, bushes and grasses, and is blown by southwestern winds," California Department of Forestry and Fire officials (Cal Fire) said of the El Dorado County fire. …
In their most recent report on firefighting, firefighters said the "red warning" has been extended until tomorrow, according to the National Meteorological Service. A warning is issued "for weather events that could lead to extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours."
Dry conditions and wind created "the perfect combination" for the spread of fire, fire chief Daniel Berlant told reporters.
According to firefighters, in just 24 hours, the area of the fire has grown by 47,200 acres.
Governor Gavin Newsom previously declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County amid the growing flames. With the spread of fire and the destruction of property, including dozens of homes, an elementary school, a post office and a host of other buildings, evacuation orders were issued from areas such as Grizzly Flat, Perry Creek and Hawk Haven. At least two people were injured and both had to be airlifted to hospitals.
Thousands of people have already been evacuated. The fire began on Saturday, but its causes remain unknown.