Two new devastating forest fires broke out early in Southern California on Thursday morning and burned more than 300 hectares with a rapid spread, because a herd of goats revealed that the Ronald Reagan library was able to burn down yesterday.
More than 10 forest fires generally glow in the state. The last fire broke out in the Golden State in Jurupa Valley at 12.39 p.m. local time and is called the 46 Fire because it is located on the 5300 block of 46th Street.
The 46 Fire had spread over 75 acres and was 0% contained and at least 74 firefighters are on the scene tackling the fire that officials say & burns with a rapid spread & # 39 ;.
The Hillside Fire erupted on Thursday at 02:00 am in San Bernardino near Highway 18 and Lower Waterman Canyon. By 2.30 am the fire had burned more than 200 hectares and 0% was enclosed.
Officials revealed on Wednesday that a herd of 500 goats helped rescue the Ronald Reagan library near Simi Valley from the furious Easy Fire after the field animals were brought to the hilltop complex earlier this year to eat flammable scrub around the building.
Two devastating forest fires broke out one night on Thursday. The first is called the 46 Fire, which broke out early Thursday morning in Jurupa Valley in Southern California and was burned by 75 hectares of land burning at high speed & # 39;
The 46 Fire broke out at 12.39 p.m. local time and spread over 75 acres and was 0% restricted and at least 74 firefighters are on the scene to tackle the fire
The scope of the 46 Fire pictured above in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, where it contains 0%
A fireman pictured above fighting the 46 Fire that broke out in Jurupa Valley just after midnight early Thursday
A helicopter suggested water on the fast-moving 46 Fire in Jurupa Valley
The second fire that started Thursday morning is the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino. A fireman pictured fighting the San Bernardino fire above early Thursday
A fireman passes a burning house while the Hillside fire burns in San Bernardino on Thursday. More than 10 forest fires are burning in the state of California
The Hillside fire started during warnings of a red-flag fire hazard and destroyed multiple homes
Firefighters spray a house on fire to try to prevent the spread to other houses during the Hillside fire early Thursday
The Hillside Fire pictured above burns through this neighborhood in the northern end of San Bernardino, not far from the San Bernardino forest
The goats were hired in May from the local company 805 Goats to remove approximately 5 hectares of scrub from the area a protective barrier around the library.
Firefighters on site were able to extinguish the flames of the Easy Fire, which was driven by stormy winds on Wednesday morning and quickly circled the library where Ronald and Nancy Reagan were buried. The fire was stopped when it only penetrated 50 feet into the hanger body of Reagan & # 39; s Air Force One jet and a piece of the Berlin wall.
& # 39; We were told by one of the firefighters that they believe that breaking a fire has made their job easier & # 39 ;, said library spokeswoman, Melissa Giller. & # 39; The brush went so far, it did not reach the library because the goats ate everything. & # 39;
The site houses papers and memorabilia from Reagan's 1981-1989 administrations, and the Cold War leader is buried there alongside his wife Nancy.
Goat 805 owner Scott Morris, 43, says the Boer Goats like to eat weeds and other invasive species that feed wildfires.
& # 39; At the end of the day, sit down a little and say & # 39; Wow, we had an impact, "said the former business advisor, who not only helped save the Reagan library on Wednesday, but also helped a rancher save 100 goats. caught in a burning barn.
& # 39; All flames are gone, all we see are charred hills. We feel that the worst is over and the Reagan library is safe, & said Giller.
Nevertheless, the Easy Fire continued to do great damage. By 18:00, the Easy Fire had burned more than 1,650 acres, forced around 30,000 people to evacuate their homes and destroyed some structures, according to the fire department. From Thursday morning the fire was only 5%.
Gusts of hurricane force, meaning it was at least 74 mph, was reported at a local weather station about seven miles north of Simi Valley, the Easy Fire blew.
Officials revealed on Wednesday that a herd of 500 goats helped rescue the Ronald Reagan library near Simi Valley from the furious Easy Fire after the field animals were brought to the hilltop complex in May to eat flammable scrub around the building. Firefighters fight to control the fire in the Jurupa Valley in California
The library is home to the presidential archives from Reagan & # 39; s office time, as well as his Air Force One plane and a piece of brickwork from the Berlin wall. A skeleton staff remains in the library, although officials have placed a mandatory evacuation for the area. This image shows the display of the fast approaching fire from the Wednesday display in the presidential library
A helicopter is shown dropping water as the Easy Fire comes closer and closer to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, home of presidential archives of the administration of Ronald Reagan and his Air Force One aircraft. The building of 243,000 square feet was completed in 1991
A firefighter pictured protecting the Reagan library from the Easy fire in Simi Valley, California on Wednesday)
Thursday morning saw two new fires erupt, fueled by the fierce Santa Ana & Devil Winds & # 39; who flew through the area.
The 46 fire started at the end point of a police chase of a possibly stolen vehicle, said the Sheriff & # 39; s Department of Riverside County.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents south of Limonite Avenue, west of Crestmore, east of Van Buren and north of the Santa Ana River.
In the Hillside Fire, at least three homes were destroyed and another 15 damaged from 6:00 am, according to spokeswoman Cindy Bachma of San Bernardino County Sheriff CBS.
A mandatory evacuation area was issued west of Highway 18 and north of 50th Street, an area with 490 homes and 1,300 residents. Firefighters have tackled the flames and the Santa Ana wind at 60 mph.
Harrowing footage of the Hillside Inferno shows embers flying through residential streets, burning palm trees being defeated by the wind and houses on fire.
More than 450 firefighters and a helicopter are on the scene trying to suppress the spreading flames in the middle of strong winds.
& # 39; The wind has been the biggest factor in the fire spread, & # 39; said San Bernardino County firefighter Chris Prater.
A local man watches as his North Park neighborhood in San Bernardino goes up in flames in the Hillside Fire
Embers fly through the sky as a house burns during the Hillside Fire in the North Park neighborhood of San Bernardino Thursday
Robyn Phipps (left) and Laura Horvitz (right) help rescue a goat from a ranch near the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on Wednesday
Rented goats helped protect Ronald Reagan's presidential library from going up in flames on Wednesday when the Easy Fire stopped just 50 meters from the building. The goats were hired from the local company 805 Goats in May to remove about 5 hectares of scrub from the area and create a protective barrier around the library
Meanwhile, the Hill Fire in Riverside County caused major damage. The fire broke out around 12.39 pm local time and quickly entered neighborhoods, destroyed at least four houses and led to evacuations. On Wednesday evening, the Hillside had an area of 628 hectares and was reduced by 30%.
The Hill Fire is also called the 46 Fire because it is located on the 5300 block of 46th Street.
Government Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that the state had received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help combat the Easy Fire. With the grant, affected local and national authorities and authorities can apply for compensation of 75% for eligible fire suppression costs.
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