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The governor has asked for help from Australia in the fight against the huge fires that have damaged forests and houses. The flames erupted as a result of lightning strikes and during a historic heat wave in the country. This is at a time when California has the largest number of people infected with corona in the United States and residents are afraid to evacuate to emergency shelters.



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6 killed in California giant fires: "We haven't seen anything like it in years"

The governor has asked for help from Australia in the fight against the huge fires that have damaged forests and houses. The flames erupted as a result of lightning strikes and during a historic heat wave in the country. This is at a time when California has the largest number of people infected with corona in the United States and residents are afraid to evacuate to emergency shelters.

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Saturday, 22 August 2020, 22:12

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    In the video: Emergency situation in California following fires (Photo: Reuters, edited by Itai Amram)

    California is struggling to control the huge fires that are affecting forests and homes, California Gov. Gwyn News warned last Friday. This, while more than 12,000 firefighters and success fight the flames that have already killed six people.

    Aid to the state in the United States was on its way from several states and their newcomer applied for assistance from Australia and Canada. “These fires are straining our resources and staff,” he said.

    Among the fires, there were some of the largest the state has seen. More than 12,000 dry lightning strikes started the flames during a historic heat wave, which measured 54.4 degrees in the "Valley of Death" in Southern California.

    Emergency officials said some of the fires doubled in size by day, forcing 175,000 residents to flee their homes. Two fires are the seventh and 10th largest in state history, Newsmith said as he urged President Donald Trump to sign a declaration recognizing the disaster.

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    An area the size of the American Rhode Island state has been burned down. California fires (Photo: AP)

    The worst fires broke out in the mountains south and east of San Francisco. At least 43 people, including firefighters, were injured, and hundreds of buildings were burned and thousands more could be injured.

    The Reuters news agency reported that many flames were burning in a steep and difficult-to-access area and were fed by strong winds. The fires also threaten larger towns including Santa Cruz, where they have reached a mile from the Santa Cruz campus at the University of California.

    Governor Nyusem noted that more fire means assistance from fighters, engines and surveillance aircraft from other states including Oregon, New Mexico and Texas. In his request for assistance, the governor stated that he wanted the "best firefighters in the world" from Australia.

    "We just haven't seen anything like this in a very, very long time," he said. He added that an area the size of the U.S. Rhode Island state has already burned down in California.

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    "The fires are straining our resources and staff." Governor Nyusam (Photo: AP)

    With more than 650,000 verified cases of the corona virus, California is the state with the highest number of infections in the United States, and some of the state's fire victims said they are afraid to go to emergency shelters.
    One woman told CNN she had to flee to a community center in Wakawi, but refused to go inside for fear of getting infected with Corona.

    Cheryl Jarvis said she was currently sleeping in her Toyota Prius. "Not only are we dealing with Corona, but also the heat and now the fires." she said.

    American agencies updated the guidelines disaster preparedness and evacuation in the shadow of sources. according to the change, people may be required to evacuate, have to bear at least two face masks person, as well as hand sanitizers, soap and wipes for disinfection.

    emergency shelters enforce the rules detachment social and wearing masks Some even counties sought to set up separate shelters for sick evacuees or anyone with a high fever.

    Officials said people should consider staying with family or friends as a shelter. However, officials also recommended staying home because of poor air quality. outside.

    Sources asked residents to save electricity. Fire crews in California fires (Photo: Reuters)

    California is also facing a power outage, which has resulted in rolling darkness for thousands of customers. Officials urged residents to use less force or risk further cuts.

    In all, more than 3,121 square miles were burned across the state. Satellite images show clouds of smoke in almost all of California, as well as in most of Nevada and southern Idaho.

    The oldest park in California, with 2,000-year-old red trees, suffered extensive damage to buildings. Firefighters were deployed across the state and forced to work longer-than-usual shifts.
    President Trump blamed California for fires, and threatened to delay federal funding when he repeated a proposal he first raised in 2018. In

    a conversation with Pennsylvania supporters on Thursday, he told state officials that "you You have to clean your floors, you have to clean your forests - there are many, many years of broken leaves and trees and they are so flammable, you touch them and it costs.

    "" I have been telling them this for three years, but they do not want to listen. " Trump added. "'The environment, the environment,' but again they have massive fires."

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