An ongoing wildfire in California has caused injuries, destroyed buildings, and forced mandatory evacuations in the state's rural north on Friday, according to officials.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, provided an update that stated that the Mill Fire had grown to around 4,000 acres by Friday night.
Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, where the fire was raging, late Friday. He claimed the fire had injured an undetermined number of civilians and cut off electricity to several communities.
According to PowerOutage.us, Siskiyou County had more than 9,000 people without power on Friday night. According to Courtney Kreider, a spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, the fire had destroyed structures as night fell.
Late on Friday, Newsom said in a statement that his emergency declaration would guarantee the county had access to firefighting resources. He claimed to have obtained a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fire-related expenses.
According to Cal Fire, the wildfire was first reported at 12:49 p.m. close to the Weed fire station. The fire, which is 55 miles south of the McKinney Fire, released a plume of gloomy smoke over the region. Last month's fire killed four lives, but, according to government officials, it is now 99% contained.
According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, the Mill Fire forced residents of Weed, Lake Shastina, and Edgewood to evacuate. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 5,000 people live in those locations.
According to a federal incident report from forest officials, the McKinney Fire, the state's largest of the year, burned through 60,138 acres and wasn't anticipated to be completely contained until Oct. 1.
The weather service said that Weed's afternoon temperature was 91 degrees with little humidity but very little wind speed. The National Weather Service's highest degree of warning for citizens is a red flag warning, which indicates that any small ignition might potentially ignite a wildfire. It indicates hot weather with low humidity and stronger winds.