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Stay well away from areas affected by wildfires. If you are already in or close to an affected area, listen to local news reports and follow instructions from the local authorities. If you are told to do so, evacuate immediately.
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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has issued the following advice for British tourists in California: “Large wildfires have broken out in the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Nevada, Calaveras, Humboldt, Mendocino and Lake in the State of California. A state of emergency has been declared in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba. Evacuation orders are in place in several areas and emergency shelters have been opened. Some infrastructure has been damaged, including phone communications and internet access. Wildfires can spread swiftly so always remain cautious. Follow the instructions issued by the local authorities, and obey all evacuation orders. Local authority advice and information on emergency shelters is available at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
According to National Geographic… On average, more than 100,000 wildfires, also called wildland fires or forest fires, clear 4 to 5 million acres of land in the U.S. every year. In recent years, wildfires have burned up to 9 million acres of land. A wildfire moves at speeds of up to 14 miles an hour (23 kilometers an hour), consuming everything—trees, brush, homes, even humans—in its path.