Raging wildfire destroys California town, burns down homes
- The California Monument fire has engulfed 15,000 acres, rendering people homeless
- It is at 0% containment
- A rockslide has the fire to bring down internet and phone lines in the Big Bar area
The California Monument fire doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Burning in Trinity County, it has almost doubled up and spread acroos 6,000 acres in one night, further engulfing almost 15,000 acres. The fire has ravaged the historic town of Greenville and continues to spread further.
It left "apocalyptic scenes in every direction," said CBS News' Bradley Blackburn. We did everything we could," fire spokesman Mitch Matlow said. "Sometimes it's just not enough."
“The fire grew by thousands of acres and an additional 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate, bringing nearly 26,500 people in several counties under evacuation orders, Mitch Matlow told CBS News on Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement, "Five-hundred-eighty-thousand acres have burned. Put that in perspective: Last year, it was about 260,000 acres, so more than double the acres burned so far year to date, and we're just, you know, we're just getting started."
While the fire is at 0% containment, the Sheriff's office in the area has issued an evacuation order for Cedar Flat on Tuesday, according to a report by ABC7 KRCR. Cedar Flat lies along Highway 299 and between Del Loma and Burnt Ranch.
As firefighters are fighting the fire and actively trying to extinguish the same, the fire is spreading to areas around and putting structures in danger. A massive rockslide in Highway 299 has forced the fire to bring down internet and phone lines in the Big Bar area.
Further possibility of winds speeding at 40 mph towards the west, along with dry vegetation, could cause further damage.
The Bay Area had issued a recommendation for unhealthy air quality on August 4. This was followed by smoke-raising plumes caused by the flame rush that could be seen at least 70 miles away. The state of California is in shambles because of 26 raging wildfires, drawing burning paths towards the state’s devastation.