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CGTN America 2 Aug 2020

8,000 people evacuated after wildfire breaks out in California


More than 8,000 people evacuated after wildfire breaks out in Cherry Valley, California. The fire has already scorched 8,000 hectares (83 square kilometers). Authorities say it's likely the fire was deliberately set. Watch this video.

Record-setting wildfires are out of control across the West coast of the US, Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, and parts of Siberia.

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The Fresno Fire Department said at least 63 people had been rescued by National Guard helicopters amid the fast-moving Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest in California. CBSN San Francisco reports.
Some of the largest wildfires ever recorded are raging across the west, while dangerous smoke has reached as far as Europe and turned the skies orange. Climate change has brought record-breaking heat waves and drought, leaving dried out vegetation easily sparked by lightning, and by people.

From downed power lines to cars backfiring and gender-reveal parties gone wrong, nearly 85% of wildland fires in the U.S. are caused by humans. So what are the ways we're trying to get them under control? From better fire mapping on Google to new ways of attacking from both land and air, here are the ways the U.S. fights wildfires, and how innovation needs a major boost if it will ever catch up with the rapid rate at which the west is burning.
Wildfires have burned through a record number of acres in California this year as firefighters continue to battle several large blazes across the state.

The state's department of forestry and fire protection, Cal Fire, says more than two million acres have burned, more than the size of Delaware.

One fire, El Dorado, which has spread over 7,000 acres, was started by a gender reveal party, officials say.

California is currently experiencing a record heatwave.

Los Angeles County reported its highest ever temperature of 49.4C (121F) on Sunday. Although temperatures are expected to drop from Tuesday onwards it may bring strong winds which could fan the flames, the National Weather Service warns.

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