2 killed in Northern California wildfire

05 Sep 2022 10:27am
Several homes had been burned in the fire.  - AFP Photo
Several homes had been burned in the fire. - AFP Photo

LOS ANGELES - Two people were killed in a fast-moving wildfire in the Northern California town of Weed in Siskiyou County, reported Xinhua, quoting the county's Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue on Sunday.

LaRue gave no details about the deaths in the Mill Fire, which erupted on Friday and destroyed or damaged at least 50 homes and forced several thousand people to be under mandatory evacuations as of Sunday.

Several homes had been burned in the fire, showed images by a local fire surveillance system.

According to the latest data released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Sunday morning, the Mill Fire burned through an estimated 4,254 acres (17.2 square km) with 25 per cent containment.
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On Sunday, firefighters in Siskiyou County also had to shift their focus to the Mountain Fire, which began Friday afternoon 10 miles (16.1 km) northwest of the Mill Fire, just outside of the community of Gazelle. There were 690 structures threatened and 332 people evacuated.

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in Siskiyou County Saturday due to the wildfires. - BERNAMA