California town evacuatedas fire spreads

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the entire town of Auberry as fires throughout California have burned more than 2 million acres.The sheriff’s office issued the order for Auberry, located about 37 miles northeast of Fresno, due to Creek Fire, which had grown to 135,523 acres with 0% contained by Monday night.

Evacuation orders have also been issued for Madera County with evacuation warnings in place for Fresno County, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.Officials said the fire grew in all directions over Monday with some 1,060 personnel working to protect lives and property in the area.

Creek Fire is just one of the dozens of fires raging throughout the state, consuming more than 2.178 million acres this fire season, according to Cal Fire’s website. A total of eight people have died this fire season and nearly 4,000 structures have been either damaged or destroyed.The fires have also prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close eight national forests in the state and prohibit the use of any ignition source on all national forest system lands throughout California.

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