A giant fire continues to rage in California

Massive fire continues to rage in California


Nearly 6,800 hectares of Californian forest have already burned during the passage of the “Oak Fire”, a fire contained only up to 10% and whose progress is still “very rapid”, indicated Monday firefighters. 

“It is advancing very quickly and the window of reaction to evacuate people is limited,” Jon Heggie, a California firefighters official, told CNN.

More than 2,500 firefighters are fighting against its flames, whose rate of progression and behavior are “truly unprecedented”, he added.

The fire, which broke out on Friday and was dubbed “Oak Fire”, s spans Mariposa County, near Yosemite National Park and its famous giant sequoias.

It destroyed 10 properties, damaged five others, and threatens several thousand.

< p>This fire, a “megafire” according to Jon Heggie, is fueled in particular by dead trees and withered bushes in this region subject to serious water shortages.

“It is a direct result of climate change “, Estimated the head of the fire brigade. “You can't have ten years of drought in California and expect things not to change.”

The American West has already experienced forest fires of a exceptional scale and intensity, with a very clear extension of the fire season, a phenomenon that scientists attribute to climate change.

“Oak Fire” is one of the most dramatic manifestations of the heat wave that hit the United States this weekend. Near the fire, temperatures should reach 37°C on Monday, according to forecasts.

Yosemite Park, one of the most famous in the world, had experienced a fire in mid-July, whose flames had threatened its giant redwoods.