Los Angeles: A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California exploded to over 2,500 acres (10.12 square km) with zero containment in hours, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.
The Mill Fire that began on Friday noon amid dangerous fire weather had grown to 2,580 acres (10.44 square km) by Friday evening in Siskiyou County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
California governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for the county to support the response to the rapidly-spreading blaze. The governor noted in a statement that the state “has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the fire, which has caused civilian injuries and power outages, destroyed homes, and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.”
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that the agency has issued an evacuation order for the area, including the towns of Weed, Lake Shastina, and Edgewood.
“Residents are asked to leave immediately. Please use caution as emergency vehicles are assisting with evacuations, structure protection, and fire suppression efforts,” said the Sheriff’s Office, noting that “this incident is rapidly changing and our staff and partners are doing everything they can to get everyone to safety.”