California fires: How many fires are raging in California right now?

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Several fires are currently burning in California after a disastrous week for the sunshine state. Apple Fire began late last week and now two separate fires have erupted on the west coast.

The Apple Fire blaze began as two adjacent fires reported Friday evening in Cherry Valley, an area near the city of Beaumont about 85 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

As of Monday evening it is only 7 percent contained, as firefighters struggle to tackle the blaze.

Parts of the fire are on steep, rugged hillsides that are common in the sunshine state, making it hard for firefighters to reach.

More than 2000 firefighters are tackling the blaze day and night.

In a Sunday evening update, officials said there were 2,266 personnel, 29 hand-crews, 9 helicopters, 260 engines and 11 water tenders fighting the fire.

The blaze has been fuelled by high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation in the area.

The fire started after a faulty vehicle spewed carbon from its exhaust.

Thousands have been forced to leave their homes, which has further complicated the coronavirus situation in the state.

In northern California, evacuations were ordered after a wildfire that sparked Sunday afternoon spread quickly and burned near homes near the East Park reservoir in Colusa county.

Complicating firefighters’ efforts were temperatures in the area north of Sacramento climbed to 37C by Monday afternoon.

The fire was 40 percent contained at this point.

On California’s central coast, a fire in San Luis Obispo county was 60 percent contained on Monday after burning more than 2sq miles of brush east of the community of Santa Margarita.

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Two structures were destroyed but officials said it was unclear whether they were homes.

California is, unfortunately, no stranger to such disasters.

California has dry, windy, and often hot weather conditions from spring through to late autumn which are a perfect breeding ground for fires to start.

More than 350,000 people in California live in towns sited completely within zones deemed to be at very high risk of fire.

In total, more than 2.7 million people live in “very high fire hazard severity zones”, which also include areas at lesser risk.

The deadliest wildfire was in 2018, called Camp Fire, in which 86 people died and more than 18,000 structures were destroyed.

The fire destroyed an entire town, named Paradise, which still remains deserted today.

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