Four firefighters were injured while battling a new wildfire in California that broke out Saturday and quickly grew, authorities said.
The California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection, also known as Cal Fire, said the firefighters suffered burn injuries while working to put out the Valley Fire, which is burning about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento in Lake County.
Smoke is seen rising from the so-called Valley Fire in Lake County, California, Saturday. The blaze quickly grew to 400 acres and prompted an emergency evacuation order for a community of around 1,600 people. Tina Moore
The four, with Cal Fire Copter 4, were brought to a burn center for treatment, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said in a statement.
Cal Fire officials would not immediately comment on the extent of the firefighters’ injuries.
The community of Cobb, an area of about 1,600 people, was under mandatory evacuation orders, and Cal Fire said structures were in danger, without specifying how many.
The Valley Fire flared up on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) in Lake County and had grown from 50 acres to 400 acres just before 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET),
according to Cal Fire.
The Valley fire is
one of at least 13 wildfires burning in California, prompting the National Weather Service to issue air quality alerts for a large swath of the middle of the state as thick smoke clouded the region. California is in its fourth year of drought, exacerbating wildfire conditions.
Elsewhere in California, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling a huge wildfire east of Sacramento that has destroyed six homes and threatens more than 6,000 other structures.
The explosive Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties was at nearly 65,000 acres Saturday, and has been spurred on by “unprecedented fire conditions” and steep terrain that has helped the blaze spread, Cal Fire said.
This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.Read More