Californians put on alert to evacuate at moment’s notice amid wildfire crisis
A “historic lightning siege” triggered more than 367 new fires, Jeremy Rahn, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 16,327 lightning strikes were reported in the California area between Aug. 15 and 18, according to Earth Networks.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Tuesday due to the wildfires, the ongoing heatwave and high speed winds.