Hundreds Evacuated During Labor Day Weekend As California Wildfires Continue to Blaze
More than 200 people trapped by fires had to be airlifted to safety over the Labor Day Weekend, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, as more than a record 2 million acres have already burned this year.
One of the wildfires, El Dorado in southern California, was sparked by a smoke-generating device used during a baby gender reveal party on the morning of Sept. 5, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL FIRE. That fire, which started at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa before spreading north, stretches more than 9,600 acres and was 7 percent contained as of early Tuesday, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
In addition, two of the three largest fires in California’s history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area, the AP noted, with more than 14,000 firefighters working to put those and about two dozen others out.