There are still 22 fires that are out of control in California. The most dangerous one, called Rocky Fire, to the north of San Francisco, threatens 7.000 houses. To extinguish those flames alone, around 2.000 firemen are in action. Overall, the units involved in fire-extinguishing operations are more than 10.000. The strong wind makes the situation even worse, as it has been reported by the spokesman of the fire department. He has added also that there are 13.000 people that have been forced to leave their houses.
Rocky Fire broke out on 29th July and has concerned, up to this moment, 21.000 hectares of territory. It has struck three counties, those of Lake, Yolo, and Colusa, and has destroyed also several buildings. The State agency that is in charge of monitoring fires, has made known that up till now only 5% of the fires has been contained. In the meanwhile, more than 6.000 structures have been threatened by Rocky Fire and the authorities claim that it will not be entirely extinguished before 10th August.
The news arrives in a particularly difficult moment for California: during the season, the State has to fight a record number of fires. All this in addition to the fact that they have been striving with drought for months now, a circumstance that has compelled the authorities to ration water in several areas.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin