Yet another huge wildfire is consuming southern California - The Washington Post
As firefighters began to finally contain a huge wildfire in northern California, an even larger monster erupted in the southern half of the state, forcing major highways to be closed and schools shuttered as flames devoured homes. More than 82,000 residents were ordered to evacuate.
The so-called Blue Cut fire in rural San Bernardino County, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, started late Tuesday and, accelerated by drought-parched vegetation and breezy winds amid triple-digit temperatures, grew so fast Wednesday that sheriffs deputies raced door-to-door to move residents out of its path. As of 9 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, the 30,000-acre fire was burning out of control with zero percent containment.