A wildfire broke out in Northern California Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks that has forced thousands to evacuate.
So far, the Pawnee Fire, as it has been designated, has burned across approximately 12 square miles and about 7,700 acres. According to CBS, the authorities have forced all the residents in the Spring Valley area to evacuate. About 3,000 people live in the area. Authorities say that as of Sunday, there was no containment.
Jonathan Cox, Battalion Chief of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection urged residents to leave immediately.
"What we're stressing is that people, when they get the evacuation order, they heed it immediately and get out and stay out until it is safe to return," he said. "This is one of four large fires burning in Northern California. It's a good reminder that fire season is upon us."
The problem with containing the fire stems from the erratic winds and insufferable heat that has encompassed a large swath of the area, from San Jose to the Oregon border. Residents have expressed distress over the effects the fire has brought on.
"It's been a very difficult 24 hours not to know if your animals are OK or your house is OK or your neighbors are OK," said Deborah Edwards to station KPIX-TV.
"I've been evacuated, oh, six times in the last five years," said another local Wayne McKennon. "This is nothing new, but this is the closest one."
The Pawnee Fire isn’t the only one burning in the area. The Stoll Fire burned down several residential and commercial buildings and is only halfway contained. The Lane Fire has threatened 200 structures and some homes, which have been evacuated. It is only 10 percent contained.
Please pray for safety for the residents and fire fighters, and pets, who are in harm’s way. Be sure to read about the beloved “Pawn Stars” icon who died tragically Monday.