Archive for Sunday, August 16, 2009

Parched state scorched by multiple wildfires

August 16, 2009


— California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged residents to heed mandatory evacuation orders Saturday as more than 7,000 firefighters battled to control nearly a dozen blazes across the parched state.

Schwarzenegger met with firefighters at the Lockheed Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a day after the governor returned to the state from attending the funeral of his mother-in-law, Eunice Shriver.

Meanwhile, a separate fire in Yuba County north of Sacramento grew dramatically and officials more than doubled the firefighting force to contain it.

The Lockheed Fire has blackened close to 8 square miles of remote wilderness since Wednesday and prompted mandatory evacuations of the mountain communities of Swanton and Bonny Doon, which have about 2,400 residents and several wineries.


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