Massive fire near Los Angeles doubles in size in 24 hours

HELL – Thousands have been ordered to evacuate the threatened area

A major fire ravaging an area on the outskirts of Los Angeles has doubled in size in less than 24 hours, firefighters announced on Thursday, faced with a sweltering heat wave in the western United States.

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate the area threatened by the “Fairview fire”, which has now consumed more than 7,700 hectares of land. “The fire is spreading east, south, and in portions north of the fire’s focus,” California wildfire services said.

An extreme heat wave

Two people have already been killed in the fire that broke out on Monday, in the midst of an extreme heat wave that has hit California for a week, as well as parts of Nevada and Arizona. With temperatures flirting with 45 ° C in some places, which jeopardize the Californian electricity grid.

The network regulator, California ISO, narrowly avoided rotating blackouts on Tuesday (controlled and spread over different areas). He renewed his alert on Wednesday to “urge consumers to lower demand” in the evening and ended up praising the public’s cooperation which he says has kept power supply across the state for the entire week.

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