Over 6,000 People Evacuated As California's "Explosive" Wildfire Grows
California Wildfires raged early Sunday and engulfed several thousand acres, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Tens to millions of Americans sweated in scorching heat that is expected to increase with record-setting temperatures.
The Oak Fire broke out near Yosemite National Park on Friday. More than 2,000 firefighters were backed up by 17 helicopters, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire had consumed over 14,200 acres (5.5,750 ha) within two days of its start. It was still zero percent contained.
According to CAL FIRE’s Report, “Extreme drought has led to critical fuel water levels.”
Officials described the fire as explosive. It left behind ashes and destroyed cars, and damaged or destroyed property. Emergency personnel worked tirelessly to rescue residents and safeguard structures.