Huge California wildfire wreaks havoc during peak tourist season

Published on : Friday, July 29, 2016

wildfireNorthern California’s picturesque Big Sur coastline has been facing the worst wildfire of the year. The firefighters scrambled on to control the blaze that has burned more than 40 homes, forced hundreds of residents to flee and closed popular parks at the height of the summer tourist season.


Spanning over 42 square miles, the wildfire has forced the evacuation of 350 properties and put at least 2,000 buildings at risk. The California department of forestry and fire protection estimated it would take until the end of August to extinguish a blaze that also led to the rescue of 11 hikers, some of whom authorities suspected of tending to an illegal marijuana patch of 900 plants.


According to the officials, almost 4,200 firefighters have been working to suppress the fire through dense vegetation around the perimeter of the blaze. The bad weather conditions with super-low humidity and gradually rising temperatures is complicating the procedure.


The fire is gaining ground every day. The weather and steep and rugged terrain is adding to the severity of the situation. Heavy smoke and ash drifted over a wide area, eliciting occasional complaints from golfers at the world-renowned Pebble Beach links north of Carmel, but the oceanfront course remained in operation.


Firefighters worked in rugged terrain near coastal Highway 1 in an area that draws tourists from around the world for the dramatic vistas of ocean and mountains. The famous roadway remained open, but smoke and the threat of flames forced the closure of state parks near Big Sur, a big economic driver for the region.


Air-quality regulators has warned the residents in parts of the Los Angeles to avoid outdoor activities for the time being.


Unfortunate,  a 67-year-old man was found dead in a burned-out car who refused to heed evacuation orders in a separate fire that destroyed 18 homes in a mountainous area north of Los Angeles.

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