A new set of wildfires engulfed southern California Thursday night and early Friday morning; destroying more than 8,000 acres near the Santa Ana Mountain.
“Another fire broke out in wind-whipped Southern California — burning through 8,060 acres overnight amid a recent spate of blazes across the state, fire officials reported,” reports the New York Post. “The fast-moving blaze, dubbed the Maria Fire, erupted on top of Santa Ana Mountain, just south of Santa Paula, around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, destroying at least two structures and threatening 1,800 others.”
“Ventura County is also battling the so-called Easy Fire, which broke out Wednesday between the cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark, west of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, around 6 a.m. local time,” adds the Post.
California Governor Gavin Newsom found himself in hot-water this week for his botched handling of massive wildfires, rolling blackouts, and an out-of-control homeless epidemic sweeping the state.
“Newsom, who spent the previous eight years as lieutenant governor to Democrat Jerry Brown, has in the first 10 months of his term had to take the helm in dealing with a slew of pressing issues from a massive homelessness crisis and rising housing costs to sky-high gas prices and decaying roads,” reports Fox News.
“Now, with the state entering its traditional fire season, Newsom is grappling with massive wildfires everywhere from Los Angeles to the state’s storied wine region, while also fighting to limit blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the state’s largest utility provider — in what is posing a complex and urgent challenge for his administration,” adds Fox.
“The next 72 hours will be challenging,” Newsom said during a press conference over the weekend. “I could sugarcoat it, but I will not.”
Lifelong residents of the Golden State are fleeing California in droves; citing wildfires, rolling blackouts, high taxes, an exploding housing crisis, and increasing crime.
“As Californians on Tuesday were forced to once again confront the dual threats of wildfires and forced blackouts, the apparent new normal is proving to be too much for some residents,” reports Fox News.
“The nation’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., will turn off the power for a third time this year to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment, which can lead to a blaze igniting. Up to 605,000 customers — about 1.5 million people — in 29 Northern California counties will be affected by this latest round of power cuts starting Tuesday. That means people who had the power go out Saturday and were still just getting the lights back on Monday are now faced with the prospect of being in the dark again for several days,” adds Fox.
“If I had the money I would move from California tomorrow,” said a lifelong resident. “Tomorrow.”
“I’m concerned about my refrigerator and freezer. I’ve got a lot of food in there,” he told KTVU. “I’m on a fixed income. How am I going to replace it?”
Read the full report at the New York Post.