October 18, 2018

California blazes threaten populated areas

California blazes threaten populated areasAuthorities battling massive wildfires in large swathes of California issued mandatory evacuation orders and health warnings Friday over the worsening air quality as the flames grew ever closer to populated areas. After almost a month of wildfires, the National Weather Service warned that satellite images showed "widespread smoke" drifting from the fires into western and central Canada before heading back south in the US Northern Plains. Its largest blaze, the Ranch Fire, was only 53 percent contained compared to 87 percent for its twin River Fire.


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