California wildfires continue to devastate state

Los Angeles, California – Wild fires continue to ravage parts of California. To date, more than 1,400 homes have been lost as well as six lives.

On Sunday, officials said that the two largest wildfires are responsible for burning more than 1,400 homes, making it one of the worst ever in the state.

The fires burning in Butte and the Valley have consumed more than 70,000 acres (28,000 hectares) and are only 70 percent and 50 percent contained, respectively.

Mandatory evacuation for the Butte fire, which is burning about 100 miles east of Sacramento, was lifted on Sunday as were other evacuation notices for areas north of Napa Valley wine country.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), there are 10 large wildfires burning in the state, including two new fires. The state currently has 10,500 firefighters deployed.

In a new fire south of Monterey, one person was killed and 10 homes destroyed or damaged by a blaze that has so far, burned 1,200 acres. CalFire says that only 10 percent of that fire is contained.

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said that two of the residents killed in the California wildfires died from igoring evacuation notices. They chose to remain in their homes after the evacuations were put into place.

Calfire said that the Valley and Butte fires have become the sixth and seventh worst fires in the state’s history.

“A warming and drying trend is under way, and a light wind pattern will enhance the warm and dry conditions until Monday” in Northern California, CalFire said in a statement.

Since July 1, the state of California has spent more than $244 million on fighting the fires, compared to the $240 million spent during the entire 2013 season. Last year, California spent $434 million fighting wildfires.

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