Fires burning over approximately 50,000 acres in Northern California forced almost 200,000 people to evacuate, with California Governor Gavin Newsom declaring a state of emergency on Sunday.
Footage filmed on Sunday shows evacuees at a shelter set up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.
«Actually, they gave us a lot of time, they started the evacuation at around ten and we... Еще had to leave the city by 4 pm. So, we had quite a time to evacuate, gather the most important things that we had. Papers, certificates, you know, just blankets for the baby and you know, just leave everything behind,» said Edgar, an evacuee from Healdsburg.
«We have evacuated probably over 100,000 people right now and the containment is only about eleven percent but they are going to be hitting it very aggressively with these winds, because these winds will stay high throughout the day and we literally probably have about five thousand firefighters here, we were hit also with massive and multiple fires. It took 5400 homes from us in October of 2017 and we have been rehearsing, unfortunately, for this event for the last two years,» stated Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane.
«We call it the new normal but there is nothing normal about evacuating 100,000 people and losing homes for thousands of residents,» she added.
According to reports, around 2.3 million people across 36 counties have been left without power since Saturday morning, and at least 180,000 people were forced to evacuate by local authorities. Around 3,000 emergency service personnel are reportedly tackling the fires, which have been spread with the aid of strong winds.