New wildfire spreads in central California mountains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s latest wildfire spread rapidly in the U.S. state’s central mountains just as firefighters were bringing a massive blaze south of Los Angeles under control, officials said Sunday.
The Mosquito Fire has now swept through an area of ​​more than 41,000 acres (16,600 hectares) in the Sierra Nevada mountain range northeast of San Francisco in just four days, the official lime fire reported the website.
Cal Fire said the fire, which covers parts of El Dorado and Placer counties, is only 10 percent contained.
He said that while cooler temperatures, after more than a week of scorching heat, had somewhat slowed the fire’s progress, stronger winds were pushing it north and northeast, threatening hundreds of homes.
With the small town of Foresthill facing a growing threat, “several more evacuation orders and warnings have been issued,” Cal Fire said.
The cities of Georgetown, Volcanoville and Bottle Hill were ordered to evacuate earlier, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“This is the fourth time we’ve been evacuated here,” Josh Manzer of Volcanoville told the Bee, “but this is the worst.”
While wildfires in California often occur over difficult terrain, “there’s nowhere that’s flat,” the Cal Fire spokesman said. Chris Vestal he told local television channel KSBW.
“Even the access roads, which are normally in those areas, don’t exist.”
Planes and helicopters are assisting ground crews when weather permits, officials said.
On Saturday, firefighters were able to push back the massive Fairview Fire south of Los Angeles after a tropical storm brought rain and cooler temperatures, officials said.
Authorities said the fire, which broke out amid a fierce heat wave scorching the southwestern United States, claimed two lives and destroyed 20 buildings.
The western United States has been in a historic drought for more than two decades that scientists say is being made worse by man-made climate change.
Much of the countryside is parched and overgrown, creating the conditions for hot, fast-moving and destructive wildfires.

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