Tens of thousands flee their homes as 1 million acres burn in California fires

Officials concerned expected weather change could bring more lightning strikes; 5 dead in blazes, 700 hundred houses destroyed

By Daisy Nguyen and Adam Beam | Israel Times |

Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn in unincorporated Napa County, California, on Aug. 18, 2020 (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Weary firefighters in California raced Saturday to slow the spread of wildfires that burned nearly one million acres statewide in a week and destroyed hundreds of homes ahead an expected weather change that could bring more lightning strikes like the ones that sparked many of the blazes.

Responding to the emergency, US President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration to provide federal assistance. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that the declaration will also help people in counties affected by the fires with crisis counseling, housing and other social services.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.