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Evacuations Ordered in California

Evacuations Ordered in CaliforniaEvacuations Ordered in California

A wildfire in southern California, USA, prompted mandatory evacuations on Friday in Santa Barbara County, as emergency workers struggled to contain the blaze, according to a county report. The fire, which stretches across 4,000 acres, is 5% contained and has more than 1,200 emergency workers devoting to stopping it, according to the county. Officials expect that scorching hot temperatures could make containing the fire over the weekend difficult, reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but damage from wildfires has increased in recent years—largely due to higher temperatures and drier forests caused by climate change. Four years of drought have left much of California a tinderbox of parched scrub and dead trees. Officials fear the Sherpa blaze may herald a long, fraught fire season. Wildfires have already scorched 30,000 acres in California, about the same as this time last year, which proved to be a particularly damaging season.