By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine consulate in San Francisco on Wednesday alerted the members of the Filipino community living in and around Lake County in Northern California to heed possible evacuation orders from local authorities following the wildfire that continues to spread in that area located about 178 kilometers from the state capital, Sacramento.
Consul General Henry Bensurto said his office has been in touch with authorities in Lake County and advised those in the Filipino community who may require assistance to immediately contact the consulate.
Bensurto said no Filipino has so far been reported to have been affected by the fire.
The consulate official said there are more than 1,700 members of the Filipino Community in Lake County.
Reports showed that the wildfire, which broke out on Saturday evening (Sunday in Manila), has already scorched 13,000 acres of land, destroyed 12 homes and 10 other buildings.
It was also reported that about 1,500 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders as the blaze continue to sweep through the area due to the reported unusually hot weather, high winds and highly flammable vegetation.
Last year was considered as California’s largest and most destructive fire season with nearly 9,000 wildfires tore through the state, burning 1.2 million acres of land, destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing at least 46 people.