Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On Fire

Crews Battle 800 California Blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (June 25) - Fire crews from Nevada and Oregon have arrived to help California firefighters battle hundreds of blazes that are darkening skies over the San Francisco Bay area and Central Valley, causing public health officials to issue air-quality warnings.

The lightning-caused fires have scorched tens of thousands of acres and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes, though few buildings have been destroyed, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"It's just extremely, extremely dry," Berlant said Tuesday. "That means any little spark has the potential to cause a large fire. The public needs to be extra cautious because we don't need any additional wildfires."

More than 800 wildfires were set by an electrical storm that unleashed nearly 8,000 lightning strikes across Northern California over the weekend.

More of the article here.

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