At least three people have died in a wildfire in the northern US state of California. This was reported on Monday by the Associated Press.
According to him, the fire in Shasta district began last weekend and has now covered an area of about 5.9 thousand hectares. 1.2 thousand people were evacuated. At least three people died.
Another major fire broke out on Sunday in Sonoma and Napa counties, but has not resulted in casualties to date. More than 50 thousand people were evacuated, about 25 thousand residents were left without electricity. The area of the fire is over 14.6 thousand hectares.
In total, 27 large forest fires are blazing in California. Since the beginning of the year, 29 people have become victims of wildfires in the state.
Earlier Monday, the Idaho-based National Inter-Agency Fire Center reported that more than 70 major wildfires have been reported in just ten northern US states. Their total area exceeds 1.5 million hectares. On September 16, AP reported that smoke from wildfires in the western United States reached not only the eastern coast of the country, but also a number of states in northern Europe. The agency cited scientists and satellite imagery.