In California, firefighters struggled to contain the blaze

The blaze, dubbed the “Mosquito Fire,” is threatening 5,800 structures and has already forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, according to the California Fire Agency.

Nearly 1,700 firefighters were on Sunday fighting the rampage, which has already destroyed nearly 17,000 hectares of forest in California, which is reeling from a prolonged drought and a severe heat wave.

The blaze, dubbed the “Mosquito Fire,” is threatening 5,800 structures and has already forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, according to the California Fire Agency.

It appeared on Tuesday near Sacramento and is moving very fast. Firefighters, who had not contained it Saturday evening, were able to contain it by 10% during the night due to a slight drop in temperature and high humidity. “But the acceleration of the wind helps it advance north and northeast”, the company notes in its latest bulletin.

“We’re used to seeing slow-moving fires through the undergrowth, but it’s rare that we have volcanoes like this,” firefighters’ spokesman Chris Vestal was quoted as saying by local TV station KSBW.

“We’ll lose everything if we burn…”

Firefighters and police helped evacuate small towns with the help of bulldozers and aerial means.

“A sheriff had to drive through the fire to get us out,” Volcano Apartment resident Linda Gamble told KRA 3. Fail…”, he lamented.

In the state’s south, heavy rains fueled by the tropical storm allowed firefighters on Saturday to regain control of the “Fairview Fire” near Los Angeles, which killed two people and burned 11,300 hectares.

The rains ended a week-long heat wave in the US West, where the mercury sometimes touched 45 degrees Celsius.

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The region has been experiencing a historic drought for more than two decades, which scientists say has been worsened by human-induced climate change. This creates the conditions for repeated devastating fires.

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