Fourteen people, including firefighters, received burns and carbon monoxide poisoning while extinguishing a large natural fire in central California, USA. This was reported by the US Forestry Service.
According to her, three of the victims were airlifted to a hospital in Fresno. One person's condition is assessed as critical.
The state's National Guard earlier Tuesday announced the rescue of more than 150 people from wildfires in the Sierra National Forest. Additional helicopters have been sent there in order to take out as many people as possible.
As Governor Gavin Newsom informed, the total area of wildfires this year in California has increased to about 930.7 thousand hectares. This figure became a record high in the history of the state. The previous record was set in 2018 вЂ” about 793.2 thousand hectares. The fire department has been conducting such calculations since 1987. The number of hotbeds, including those eliminated, is 7,606. The fire destroyed and damaged 3,959 houses and buildings. The number of victims of the natural disaster has not changed and is eight people.
Temperatures in Los Angeles hit 49.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday. According to the US National Meteorological Service, this is the highest rate on record in the city. The previous maximum in Los Angeles was on July 22, 2006. Then the temperature rose to 48.3 degrees Celsius.
California power grid operators on Sunday warned of the possibility of massive power outages across the state due to heatwaves. More than 193 thousand consumers remain without power supply. The governor declared a state of emergency on August 18 due to unprecedented heatwaves and fires.