As the wildfire rages on... California's governor has declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County.. More than 30,000 homes are under threat and tens of thousands of people have been called to evacuate. the fire has been dubbed Blue Cut... named after the mountain trail where it began, It's the latest in a season of wildfires that've hit california. SOUNDBITE 2 - Michael Wakoski, Incident Commander On Southern California Incident Management (man, English, 11 sec)"The Blue Cut incident started yesterday at 10:44 hours. It's currently 30,000 acres, with zero percent containment.//The fuels are extremely dry and very explosive at this time of year and in my 40 years of fighting fire I have never seen a fire behavior so extreme as it was yesterday."California is in its fifth year of a record drought..parts of the state are sizzling in a heatwave with temperatures topping 40 degrees CelsiusCombined with strong winds... it's the perfect conditions for wildfire's to spread The blaze has already claimed dozens of buildings... Including the Summit Inn Diner along Route 66, where Elvis Presley and John Wayne once ateSOUNDBITE 3 - Mark Hartwig, San Bernardino County Fire Chief (man, English, 14 sec)"I was able to get up this morning and get some eyes on it from the air. In a word: it was devastating. A lot of homes lost yesterday. There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing."Equipped with a fleet of 10 air tankers, and 15 helicopters ..over 1,300 firefighters have been called in to battle the blaze...
As the wildfire rages on... California's governor has declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County.. More than 30,000 homes are under threat and tens of thousands of people have been called to evacuate.
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