The Golden State is gearing up for a season of wildfires, with more than 1,000 acres now under control and another 9,600 still under threat, according to California fire officials.
Here’s a look at some of the big fires burning through the state:California’s National Guard has been deployed to help fight wildfires across the state, and officials have urged residents to heed evacuation orders.
The California National Guard said Tuesday that the number of active wildfires in the state is at more than 2,500, with 1,300 more to be reported by Tuesday evening.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says that the Golden State’s wildfire season will last through the end of June, with a peak in the summer months.
A massive fire burned through the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday, burning nearly 800,000 square feet of homes and killing at least 15 people, officials said.
Authorities said firefighters were able to contain the blaze that had started in the hills near Los Angeles.
The National Weather Service said the winds were gusting to 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and were expected to increase throughout the day.
The National Weather Services also said that winds were forecast to pick up by Wednesday afternoon.
The state is currently experiencing some of its driest temperatures on record, with some regions experiencing below-normal temperatures, according, and the state has already seen more than 6 inches of rain fall in a single day.
California has recorded more than 15,000 wildfires in its history.