LOS ANGELES: Due to high winds and rising temperatures, several new wildfire flared up across Southern California, threatening households and public security, authorities said.
Among the fires, the so-called Guiberson fire in Ventura County near Los Angeles is the biggest. It has prompted the closures of two elementary schools and a community college, said Mike Mohler, a spokesman for California Fire Department.
The Guiberson fire is expected to grow to more than 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) later Wednesday due to low humidity and strong winds, said Mohler.
Firefighters are expecting temperatures around the 100-degree mark as they continue to beef up efforts to control the blaze, which is 10 percent contained, Kaufman said. About 600 firefighters are battling the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials have said it appeared to have been started by spontaneous combustion of manure from a local ranch.