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Severe forest fires in Northern California lead to mass evacuations

Published on July 4, 2024, 4:14 p.m.

On July 2, a fire broke out in Butte County, California, which has now spread to an area of ​​​​around 1,443 hectares.

The state of California is no stranger to wildfires during the summer months. 2020 was the worst wildfire year on record for this coastal state, with over 1.7 million acres of land burned and over 8,600 fires total.

This year, there were 2,934 fires in the state, burning 56,490 acres.

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Particularly noteworthy is the Thompson Fire, which is raging in Butte County in the north of the USA. The out-of-control forest fire broke out just a few days ago and has already burned over a thousand hectares of land. Mass evacuations have taken place in the region.

Photo of the Thompson Fire in Butte County, California. Taken on July 2, 2024. (CAL FIRE/Flickr)

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on July 3 because the fire posed a threat to numerous buildings and structures.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). However, extremely hot and dry weather conditions combined with gusty winds provided the necessary fuel for the fire to spread quickly.