Rural communities evacuated due to fire risk in Southern California


At the scene more than 400 firefighters, five helicopters and five air tanker planes that are working hard now in the Riverside Country were displaced near Banning. The rural communities of Twin Pines, Poppet Flats and Silent Valley were evacuated for prevention and the State Route 243 between Banning and Idyllwild was closed to non emergency traffic.

The cause of fire is not known at this time. Not so much descriptive information from the scene is available either. However one firefighter was injured. At least two homes appear to be burned in isolated areas.

According to official statistics, between January 1 and August 3 this year, 71,539 acres were burned in California in fires. In a comparative perspective made by the US state regarding the relative risk of dying in a fire the Californian risk is 0.6, reported to the maximum risk level on District of Columbia, which is 3.7.


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