California Fires: Gov. Newsom Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Labor Day Weekend Heatwave


Over one million acres have already been scorched this summer as the California wildfires continue to engulf much of the state. Unfortunately for firefighters, the record heat across the region is only going to get worse this Labor Day weekend.

Current Status of Wildfires: Despite the heat and dry conditions, firefighters are beginning to make significant progress in controlling a few of the biggest blazes. While the fires are spread throughout the state, the biggest current blazes are in the Northern California area. By the end of the day Thursday, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire has been over 50% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. As of Thursday evening, that fire had already burned through over 86,000 acres. This was a gain of more than 600 acres from the previous day. Cal Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox said that they hoped to fully contain the fire within the next day. On Friday, there are still over 8,000 residents who have not been able to return to their homes because of the evacuation efforts. Read on for more details.

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