A Sand Fire sparked by the California drought has quickly grown in size. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is saying the California wildfire started as a 1,300 acre blaze, though it reportedly consume more than 4,000 acres over this weekend. Chris Anthony, a Cal Fire spokesman, believes the fire was sparked by a vehicle driving over dry vegetation.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the 2014 California heat wave is being blamed on global warming in addition to various other weather conditions, and the California drought is said to be the worst in 15 years. A fire tornado video from California shows the rare firenado wreaking destruction on everything in its path.
Lynn Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says there have been some improvements in conditions related to the Sand Fire:
“The fire’s moving in and around homes in the area. The leading edge is bumping up against residences as we speak. The wind has died down. It’s definitely helping the firefighters out. We’re not seeing the large flames. But now it’s extremely smoky.”
Despite there being 1,464 firefighters on the scene, Cal Fire is also saying the California Sand Fire was only 20 percent contained as of Saturday evening. Hundreds of homes are threatened by the growing California wildfire and residents are being ordered to evacuate in certain communities. For example, Todd Jenson, a resident of Outingdale Community has not been evacuated himself, but believes it is only a matter of time since many of his neighbors have fled:
“Is their house still there? Are their animals still there? You grab your family. That’s the most important thing, that’s what I told my wife. We have a two-month-old baby at home and a three-year-old. My family is first.”
Firefighters estimated that, as of Saturday evening, about 515 structures were in danger of the California Sand Fire. Five homes and seven outbuildings have already been destroyed by the California wildfire.