On Sunday, a raging wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the western United States forced thousands of inhabitants to evacuate their homes.

According to reports, the fire has devastated around 14 thousand hectares of forest, and a state of emergency has been proclaimed in Mariposa county in California and its nearby places owing to air pollution near the burning woods.

The blaze raged through dense and dry plants on the region’s high and rocky mountains, fueled by violent gusts.

More than 15,000 acres of forest have been destroyed by oak fires since Friday. According to American media, more than 3,000 residents were ordered to evacuate.

The American television network CNN stated that this fire began on Friday, July 22nd, from the Sierra Nevada’s foothills in Mariposa County in California.

Residents of California report that the electricity is down and that they can see flames and extreme heat moving toward the city of Mariposa.

According to The Guardian, more than 5.5 million acres have already burnt in the US this year, which is nearly 70% more than the 10-year average.

California’s Forest Service reported that 2,000 buildings are at risk and at least 10 buildings had been completely burned on the second day of the Central California forest fire in the western United States.

An earlier-than-normal start to California’s highest-risk season was observed despite the state’s previous experience with escalating risks from killer fires.

According to a report from the Economist magazine, it is expected that the escalation and continuance of the heat could bring famine and drought to Europe as some European countries are experiencing high temperatures that are unprecedented.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).