A raging wildfire has hit Southern California and spread to more than 18,000 acres, forcing around 82,000 people to flee their homes.
The Blue Cut Fire, named so, since it started near a trail called Blue Cut is still spreading, even though around 700 firefighters and numerous rescue teams have been deployed. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, urging people in the nearby areas to evacuate their homes.
“We know that we’ve lost structures, it’s unknown how many at this time. This fire is still raging out of control,” said San Bernardino County Fire Department public information officer Tracey Martinez .
Apparently, six firefighters defending homes and helping people out of the fire got trapped in flames. While two suffered minor injuries, the others managed to find shelter nearby.
According to officials, the wild flames are around 80-100 feet high and have caused the closing of Interstate 15, the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Summit Inn, a popular roadside diner at the crest of historic Route 66, has also fallen prey to the massive fire.
The worst part is that due to strong winds, bone-dry brush and 100-degree temperatures, the Blue Cut fire is spreading rapidly across hills, canyons and flatlands, and it's impossible to predict when it will come under control.