Major deployment of emergency service workers to battle forest fires in California

Major deployment of emergency service workers to battle forest fires in California

An estimated 5,000 firefighters have been sent out to quell the outbreaks

Monday, July 10, 2017

California authorities have sent out a major deployment of firefighters to combat 14 major fires raging across the state. 

Roughly 5,000 workers have been sent out to fight the outbreaks, which are occurring from Sacramento in the north to the Los Angeles area in the south.

The southern areas of the state - which have been in drought for five years - are believed to be the most heavily affected.

One of the largest blazes continues near San Luis Obispo County - an area which is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  

Authorities say the fire in the country has claimed roughly 23,900 hectares of land and only 15% of it is under control.

A factor which has worsened matters is a summer heatwave which pushed temperatures higher than 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 in Fahrenheit). 

The fires north of the capital of Sacramento have forced the evacuation of residents and the destruction of 17 buildings.