Wildfires force evacuation, rising temperature affects firefighting efforts in California

Sacramento: Wildfires forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people from a popular outdoor recreation area and burned more than 30,000 acres in California on Sunday, authorities said.

According to a Reuters report, about 400 firefighters armed with 70 fire trucks and two bulldozers are battling the blaze and only 2% of the blaze has been brought under control so far, according to Cal Fire. The fire is burning south of Gorman, California, about 60 miles (96.5 km) northwest of Los Angeles.

According to a Reuters report, the fire started on Saturday afternoon and is now moving southeast towards Pyramid Lake. Cal Fire said in a statement. About 1,200 people have been evacuated from the Hungry Valley Recreation Area and motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles have been seen since the fire broke out, destroying two structures so far.

Cal Fire also said efforts to contain the wildfire are being hampered by high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, which are expected to continue through Sunday evening. Water drop aircraft attempt to stop the forward progress of the fire while firefighters establish perimeter fire lines to control the fire.

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