Fires in California: 2 people killed, 12 thousand evacuated

At least 2 people were killed in the largest fire in Northern California. The fire covered 44,45 thousand acres (18 hectares) of forest, reports the website of the Governor of the state.

#CranstonFire [update] off Highway 74 and Control Road, east of Hemet (Riverside County) is now 7,500 acres and 3% contained. Unified Command: @CAL FIRE @CALFIRERRU and @SanBernardinoNF

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 27, 2018

Victims of the flames were two firefighters. One of them tried with the help of a bulldozer to stop the spread of fire.

The fire is moving East from district Whiskytown and Shasta and spread across the Sacramento river, and now threatens the town of Redding, which has a population of 90 thousand people.

From the disaster area were evacuated 12 thousand residents of the city of Idlewild to the East of Los Angeles. Police say an unknown driver who was seen near the starting point of the fire — there is a suspicion that the malfunction of his car provoked the fire.

Weather conditions hampered fire-fighting, supporting murderous element. Under forecasts of weather forecasters, the wind speed in the next few days will reach 25 miles (40 km) per hour, and the temperature is 110°F (+43°C).