Firefighters put out 3 percent of wildfire in Los Angeles County
Web Editor:國際日報 International Daily News
Firefighters have only put out 3 percent of the nearly 240 square kilometers of wildfire in Los Angeles County in California as of Friday.
The fire has raged for several weeks in the western U.S., claiming the lives of more than 30 people and causing serious air pollution.
Although nearly 1,000 firefighters and several aircraft have joined the operation, the wildfire, Bobcat Fire, has still spread rapidly in the county due to steep and inaccessible terrain.
Local firefighters said the wildfire once approached seven cities including Arcadia, forcing the cities to issue mandatory orders to evacuate local residents.
The fire also threatened Mount Wilson Observatory and several communication facilities as it drew within three kilometers of them.
Most of the regions in the county have issued alerts against air pollution caused by the fire. The Los Angeles Zoo, some tourist attractions and COVID-19 test centers have shut down in succession this week due to the blaze.
Paul Cheng, an Arcadia City official, said the city is facing an unprecedented challenge as the wildfire has come at a time when they are combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Obviously, there is no time in any city's history in which both there's been a pandemic while at the same time having to deal with wildfire. But I have to say, the city of Arcadia has been extremely prepared. We always know that preparation is the most important thing and therefore we've done an excellent job. Right now although there are 60,000 acres that are currently burning and you know it's obviously going to increase and we're only at three percent control," he said.
The fire has generated a nearly 1,400-kilometer cloud of smog along the west coast and eight forest parks in the county closed due to the bad air.
The fire is expected to be completely contained at the end of October, according to firefighters.