Wildfires – California, USA

A bulldozer operator was killed Tuesday while helping battle a wildfire near Big Sur, as a northern California blaze consumed more than 23,000 acres.

The fire is one of two infernos devouring drought-stricken California, prompting thousands of evacuations and a massive response from fire agencies. In total, 6,000 firefighters are combating the pair of wildfires.

The fires have sent thick smoke as far away as the Bay Area and Las Vegas, and triggered air quality warnings in those areas.

The second fire, in Santa Clarita Valley northeast of Los Angeles, grew to 38,346 acres by Wednesday and killed one man, whose body was found over the weekend in a burned sedan in the driveway of his home. Both fires began Friday.

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