More Wildfires Soon?

Let's hope not! 😦

Schwarzenegger warns of new fire threat as winds loom

Wed Oct 31, 2:33 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday ordered firefighters to prepare for renewed wildfires ahead of powerful flame-fuelling gusts forecast for next weekend.

Only three of the 23 fires that ravaged California remain active after calm winds and cooler weather allowed firefighters to tame flames which left seven people dead, destroyed 2,000 homes and led to 640,000 evacuations.

But with high temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds forecast for the end of the week, Schwarzenegger has ordered state agencies to pre-emptively deploy staff and equipment to potential high-risk areas.

"It's very important that we remain prepared and alert while there are still fires burning in southern California," Schwarzenegger said.

"This plan helps ensure that resources are strategically placed and standing ready, prepared for whatever the weekend will bring."

Air tankers, tactical aircraft, helicopters and strike firefighting teams fanning out across the state in preparation, a statement said.

Officials meanwhile said Wednesday the deadliest of the California blazes, the 90,440 Harris Fire in southern San Diego County which claimed the lives of five people, was 100 percent contained.

In a separate development, San Diego County officials said all evacuation orders across the district had been lifted.

The causes of the majority of last week's fires are under investigation although it has emerged that an inferno in northern Los Angeles County was started by a young boy playing with a box of matches.

The Buckweed fire which began in the early afternoon of Sunday, October 21, was first blamed on downed power lines, but the investigation later turned into one of suspected arson.

By Monday "detectives identified a male juvenile as the suspect," the Sheriff's Department said in a statement late Tuesday.

"After talking with the suspect, he admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire. The boy was released to his parents."

The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office "for further action," the statement read.

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7 Responses to More Wildfires Soon?

  1. SerenityLife says:

    more?? that is insane..wasn't this an arson situation. They need to kind the person. I thought it was some kid.

  2. Mikey says:

    One fire out of many has been traced to a kid. Don't need any additional fires, that's for sure! People are just starting to recover from last week…

  3. SerenityLife says:

    That kid needs to be under the jail until they die. I cannot believe they did this. Thank you for sharing. You stay safe! =)

  4. funkyglasses says:

    Ooooh ! HAPPY HALLOWEEN MIKE!Btw.. I'm conflicted about work. I dont know what to do. My friends say "follow your heart"… but I'm scared and nervous about making the decision to quit.

  5. Mikey says:

    I'll try to stay safe! Not in a main danger area. 🙂

  6. Mikey says:

    Happy Halloween to you too! :)What are your alternatives, job wise? Can you come back here to get more schooling? Is the field that sucks, or mainly this particular empolyer??BTW, work sucks just about everywhere! ^^

  7. funkyglasses says:

    I know work sucks everywhere, mike, but this particular employer really sucks. Read my latest post at vox to find out how sucky it is.Plus, it's a family affair at my job, so the kids of the guy who owns it comes in and out of the company and can just butt their nose into our work and change every detail at any minute… And the dad would approve. Which makes me soooooooo angry.

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