Fire crews continue to battle Sierra Nevada fire
On Wednesday, a blaze in California's rugged Sierra Nevada has threatened at least 2,000 homes. The firefighters are battling hard to gain the upper hand in the situation as the flames roared for a fifth day through the dry timber and brushes in the west of Lake Tahoe.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's website, a force of 3,300 firefighters has managed to carve containment lines around 5% of the blaze's perimeter. This so-called King Fire has proved to be the most menacing of all the 11 major wildfires that have occurred till now across this drought parched state.
Fire officials have reported that this fire has scorched nearly 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares) of state land and the El Dorado National Forest ever since it erupted on Saturday. Considering this numerous campgrounds were closed in the forest, a popular destination for river rafting and other activities east of Sacramento.
CalFire has informed on the official website that till now no building is believed to have suffered in the region but more than 3,500 structures, in which at least 2,000 are homes, were threatened by the blaze so, evacuation orders were in effect for residents of those homes. Hundreds of these residents have been shifted to safer areas.
The fire is largely stoked by strong, erratic winds, dry vegetation and low humidity. Also, it was burning largely unchecked in steep canyon terrain along the south fork of the American River and Silver Creek, north of the community of Pollock Pines.
CalFire spokeswoman Lannette Rangel reported that on Wednesday, winds were blowing the flames mostly away from populated areas still the fire crews were bracing for an expected shift that would likely drive the fire back toward evacuated communities along U.S. Highway 50.
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