Tens of thousands of people without electricity due to forest fires in California

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Tens of thousands of people without electricity due to forest fires in California




Because of the ongoing forest fires in California, dozens of people were evacuated by helicopters on Tuesday, and tens of thousands of residents of the US state had no access to electricity.


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Because of the ongoing forest fires in California, dozens of people were evacuated by helicopters on Tuesday, and tens of thousands of residents of the US state had no access to electricity.


Because of the ongoing forest fires in California, dozens of people were evacuated by helicopters on Tuesday, and tens of thousands of residents of the US state had no access to electricity. According to the authorities, a total of 14,000 firefighters were involved in fighting the devastating fires. The forest fires in California have already destroyed a record area of ​​more than 8,000 square kilometers.

Residents throughout southern California have been instructed to leave their homes and apartments and to escape the oncoming flames. In total, more than 300 people have already had to be flown out in military helicopters, as the National Guard told the AFP news agency. An unknown number of people are still waiting for rescue in some areas of the state, the authorities said.

In addition, more than 170,000 households were left without electricity, as the energy supplier PG&E switched off the power supply in large parts of the state due to the extreme risk of forest fires.

California is experiencing record heat this year, and the risk of forest fires is high. The US state had only survived a heat wave in mid-August with numerous fires that killed more than 600,000 hectares of forest.

A total of at least eight people died in the flames this year, and according to the California fire department, more than 3,000 buildings were destroyed.

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Video: Forest fires in California – earlier and more devastating than usual (Euronews)

Forest fires in California – earlier and more devastating than usual

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