(ANSA) – ROME, SEPTEMBER 06 – A large rescue operation was launched in the woods north-west of Fresno, California, for a fire that broke out near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a dam very popular with tourists and hikers who are got stuck. The BBC reports.
Dozens of people have already been rescued, taken by helicopter from the risk area. But the rescue teams are returning to the scene and it is not clear how many people are trapped and threatened by the flames. At the moment there are two seriously injured and a dozen in stable conditions.
According to the first reconstructions, the fire would have started in the early evening of Friday local time and, moving quickly, during the day yesterday it had already spread over 5,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest. At last midnight (8 am in Italy), Fresno County authorities reported via Twitter that 63 people had been rescued by military helicopters and transported to the airport at Fresno’s Yosemite International Airport.
These days California is experiencing record temperatures, to the point that Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency. (HANDLE).