SCORCHED EARTH

Photos: Raging wildfires transform 33,000 acres in California

In just a few days, a wildfire has transformed large swaths of California’s Santa Clarita Valley into an inferno. The blaze began Friday afternoon (July 22) and fanned across 33,000 acres by Sunday evening (July 25), reports the Los Angeles Times. A combination of factors, including temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), low humidity, winds at over 40 mph (64.3 kph) and years of drought, caused the blaze’s rapid spread, according to the Los Angeles county fire department.

“There’s nothing normal about this fire,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s captain Roosevelt Johnson to the LA Times. One death has been reported, and 10,000 homes will be evacuated.

Sand Fire near Los Angeles
Firefighters tackle the blaze in Santa Clarita. (EPA/Eugene Garcia)
Sand Fire near Los Angeles
Smoke and flames envelope a ridge as a firefighting helicopter tries to stop the the fire. (EPA/Eugene Garcia)
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A wildfire burns in the hills on Sunday. (AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A firefighter watches a wildfire burning. (AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Members of a crew rest on a hillside.

 

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A helicopter makes a drop in Santa Clarita on Sunday. (AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A helicopter combats the flames near Placerita Caynon Road. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A wildfire burns close to a home in Santa Clarita on Saturday.
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A car covered in aerially-applied fire retardant. (AP/Matt Hartman)
Sand Fire near Santa Clarita, California
An LA County Fire Department helicopter. (EPA/Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations)
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(AP/Matt Hartman)
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Members of crew work on the fire line in Santa Clarita, California on Sunday. (AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Photographer Adam Hoggat posted this photo on Facebook, showing tiny city lights compared with a raging fire behind:

The latest alerts for the fire are available on Google. This map shows all 19 wildfires currently scorching the state.

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