カリフォルニア州で同時多発森林火災、50万人が避難

 カリフォルニアの森林火災のため、50万人以上というカテリーナ以来最大の避難命令が出された。
 ニューヨーク市より広い30万エーカー(12万ヘクタール)が焦土化した。34万家屋、56万人に避難命令。シュワルツェネッガー州知事は州の能力では手に負えずと大統領に助けを求めた。
 南カリフォルニアでは4年前の火災で22人が死亡、3,600以上の家屋が破壊された。
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米の山火事、焼失1800軒・避難住民は91万人に
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20071024i404.htm
 【ロサンゼルス=飯田達人】米カリフォルニア州南部の山火事は、23日もロサンゼルス近郊からメキシコ国境に近いサンディエゴ郡の十数か所で延焼が続き、AP通信によると、同日までの死者は2人、負傷者は45人以上にのぼった。
 避難住民は約91万人とみられる。焼失面積は約1550平方キロ、住宅などの焼失は約1800軒になった。ブッシュ米大統領は、同日未明に非常事態宣言を出し、25日に現地を視察する。(2007年10月24日12時16分 読売新聞)
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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 07:29 GMT 08:29 UK
Wildfires force California exodus
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7058809.stm
More than 500,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes to escape wildfires in California in the biggest US evacuation since Katrina.

Fierce winds are fanning fast-moving fires that have razed land from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.
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The blazes have left one person dead, destroyed 1,300 homes and businesses, and are threatening 68,000 more.

President George W Bush will visit the state on Thursday, after declaring a state of emergency in seven counties.

A White House spokeswoman said Mr Bush, whose administration was accused of a sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast two years ago, wanted to "witness first-hand" the crisis.

Map: See where the wild fires have spread

Up to 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of land have been scorched - an area bigger than New York City.

Forestry officials say the seasonal Santa Ana winds are hampering their efforts to contain 19 fires raging across the state, and high wind warnings remain in effect for most of the region until Wednesday afternoon.


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At least 45 people have been injured, including 21 firefighters, according to an Associated Press news agency count.

In San Diego County, which has been hardest hit, firefighters have been working in difficult conditions.

"We've been faced with winds of 60-70mph. We've been faced with embers from that fire floating in the air a half-a-mile to three-quarters of a mile away from the fire, underneath people's roofs, onto their back yards, starting those things on fire," spokesman Maurice Luque told the BBC.

One San Diego firefighter, Mitch Mendler, said: "It was like Armageddon. It looked like the end of the world."

County officials placed evacuation calls to 346,000 homes, ordering about 560,000 people to leave - although some 50,000 were being allowed to return late on Tuesday.

Also in San Diego county, a man died at the weekend after ignoring warnings to evacuate, officials say.

Major evacuation

In Orange County, officials said the number of fires had stretched resources to breaking point.

Up to 10,000 evacuees stayed overnight at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, while other residents have sought shelter in schools, community centres and fairgrounds.


Satellite images show the smoke from the California wildfires being blown out to sea

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"I'm worried for my baby, my house, my kids, everything," Ana Ramirez, a 30-year-old pregnant woman who was taking shelter in the stadium with her four-year-old daughter, told Reuters news agency.

Ambulances and school buses were used to move hundreds of people from hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told people to "stay at home, stay off the freeways" so fire crews and evacuees could keep moving.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked the president to upgrade the fires to a "major disaster".

"This disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capability of the state and local governments," Mr Schwarzenegger said.

The emergency evoked memories of the blazes that tore through Southern California four years ago, killing 22 people and destroying more than 3,600 homes.
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MAJOR WILDFIRES
Map: California Wildfires
Situation as of 2110 local time, 23 October 2007:
1. Harris fire: 72,000 acres burned, 10% contained. 200 houses destroyed, 2,000 houses and 500 businesses under threat. One person has died and 26 injured, including 5 firefighters.
2. Rice fire: 7,500 acres burned in San Diego county, 206 houses destroyed, 1,500 threatened.
3. Witch fire: 196,420 acres burned in San Diego County, one percent contained. Some 500 houses and around 100 businesses destroyed. 5,000 houses under threat. Around 250,000 people evacuated across the county.
4. Buckweed fire: 37,800 acres burned, 80% contained. Evacuation orders lifted in most places.
5. Magic fire: 1,200 acres burned, 40% contained. Houses in Santa Clarita and Simi Valley threatened.
6. Ranch fire: 47,240 acres burned, 10% contained. Local evacuation orders in place. Cost of fire so far estimated at $4.5 million
7. Canyon fire: 3,800 acres consumed, 75% contained. 600 houses threatened. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in local area. Estimated cost $4.2 million
8. Slide fire: 4,000 acres burned, fire uncontained. 100 houses destroyed, 4,000 threatened
9. Santiago fire: 18,000 acres burned, 30% contained. Some 3,000 houses threatened. Estimated cost $1.3 million

Only fires which have consumed 1,000 acres or more are listed.

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