California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday night as several wildfires raged across the state after a weekend that brought record temperatures and record burns to ‘acres.
The state of emergency applies to the counties of Fresno, Madeira, and Mariposa where the brook fire is burning, and to the counties of San Bernardino and San Diego where the Eldorado fire and the valley fire are burning respectively, according to a released statement. By the State Emergency Services Office (CAL OES) Sunday night.
Tens of thousands of acres have been burnt due to the three fires, which also destroyed homes and resulted in the evacuation of thousands of residents, according to a statement from Cal OES.
Hundreds of people rescued after fires surrounded the camps. Dangerous flames fueled by high temperatures and dry conditions led to a large-scale airlift that saved dozens of them on Saturday night. They were celebrating their weekend at Mammoth Bull Reservoir when a wall of flames from the Creek Fire closed the roads in Maderas County, trapping them.
More than 200 people were airlifted from the Chinook and Black Hawk helicopter camp in Cabo. David Hall of the California National Guard said at a press conference Sunday.
He said the rescue operation began late Saturday and ended around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Rescue teams decided to load as many people as possible aboard the ship on the second round to the camp as the weather deteriorated.