A bushfire in the San Bernardino area forced evacuations in a residential area as waterdrop helicopters attacked flames on a hill.
The rapidly spreading fire was estimated to be around 50 acres by early Wednesday afternoon. Evacuations were ordered in the immediate area below the fire, including a dialysis center.
The fire burned in hot conditions on a hill above a residential area near Little Mountain Drive.
Water-dripping helicopters attack a fire in San Bernardino on September 22, 2021.
Evacuations were ordered for homes east of North State Street, south including Morgan Road, west of Pepperdein Drive south to Grossmont Road.
Aerial photographs showed local residents packing items into cars and preparing to leave the neighborhood. In the initial phase of the fire, all 23 patients from a dialysis clinic were evacuated.
There were no reports of injuries or damage. Details of how the fire started were not known.
In contrast to Northern California, Southern California was largely spared from forest fires this year.
More than 1,400 firefighters in the lines of the KNP complex fire in Sequoia National Park. The fire remained a threat to the park’s famous giant forest, but it was expected that the weather would remove the smoke and the planes could begin operating against the flames.
To the south, the lightning-struck Windy Fire in the Giant Sequoia National Monument area of the Sequoia National Forest grew to 49 square miles and containment reached up to 7%.
Earlier this year, the Caldor Fire swept through communities near Lake Tahoe, and the Dixie Fire became the largest single fire in California ever recorded.
The historical drought linked to climate change makes fighting forest fires difficult. Millions of trees have been killed in California alone. Scientists say climate change has made the west much warmer and drier over the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and make forest fires more frequent and destructive.
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