The fire threatens tens of thousands of people.
More than 4.4 thousand firefighters are involved in extinguishing the Caldor forest fire in the U.S. state of California, where the fire threatens tens of thousands of people. This is stated in a statement issued by the White House.
“More than 4,400 firefighters are working on localizing and extinguishing the Caldor fire,” the report says. According to the U.S. administration, the U.S. Department of Defense is preparing to send additional forces to fight the fire in California.
The area of the Caldor fire, which began in mid-August in the mountainous, sparsely populated areas of the Sierra Nevada in eastern California, exceeded 840 square kilometers on Thursday. Earlier, the authorities had to announce the evacuation of about 30 thousand people. More than 600 buildings were destroyed. To date, the fire has been localized by 23%.
On Wednesday evening, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered to provide federal assistance to the authorities of the state of California. Biden’s order involves allocating assistance to the state authorities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Office.