Forest fires in the state of California, USA, covered an area of more than 20 thousand hectares.
This is reported fox news, reports Ukrinform.
Strong winds and thunderstorms have helped spread the flames across northern California, with the McKinney fire being the largest in the state this year.
“Thunderstorm pockets come with gusty, erratic winds that can fan fires in any direction,” said US Forest Service spokeswoman Adrien Freeman.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday over the rise of McKinney.
The natural disaster forced the inhabitants of more than 500 houses of the Siskiyou district to leave their homes. In addition, law enforcement agencies called for the evacuation of residents of the cities of Ireka and Fort Jones.
At the same time, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, a non-governmental association for managing the Pacific mountain trail, urged tourists to get to the nearest city, while the US Forest Service closed the 177-kilometer section of the route from Mount Etna to the campsite on Mount Ashland in southern Oregon, which borders the fire-stricken county. Siskiyu.
As Ukrinform reported, large-scale forest fires are also raging near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.