Fire brigades fight cave fire in California

  • 08:10 27 November 2019

Fire brigades fight cave fire in California

The blaze began on Monday in Los Padres National Forest and spread widely, with some 17.4 square kilometres (1,740 hectares) of ground burning next to the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, a two hours' drive north of Los Angeles, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

On Tuesday, some 600 California firefighters battled a forest fire which was fueled by wind and got out of control, putting thousands of homes at risk and causing evacuation orders.

Officials said that helicopters and fixed-wing planes have come to the aid of fire brigades waging their battle across the harsh terrain.

"The Cave Fire is burning under some of the toughest firefighting conditions anywhere in the world", said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jimmy Harris. "We've experienced several offshore wind events at this point, and that has just dried the fuel bed out to the point where we're seeing the fire behavior we saw last night", he added.
He said that firefighters were forced to face high winds, which push the flames up and down the hills.