Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Blue Cut fire scorches 9,000 acres and forces evacuation of 80,000 in California

From the Guardian - fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, the wildfire outside Los Angeles has prompted chaotic scenes as families scramble to flee.

"A wildfire fanned by strong winds and 100F (37C) temperatures has ripped through rural communities outside Los Angeles, unleashing fire tornados and triggering evacuation orders for more than 80,000 people.

The so-called Blue Cut fire flared 60 miles east of Los Angeles on Tuesday and swiftly scorched 9,000 acres, sending walls of flame down the Cajon Pass and surrounding areas and prompting chaotic scenes as families scrambled to flee.

Television footage captured a fire tornado, more accurately known as a fire whirl, a phenomenon in which flames and gusts combine to form whirling eddies."

The full article can be read here.

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