Los Angeles has recently faced the largest wildfire in its history as flames took over the Verdugo Mountains. The fires have covered about 7,000 acres, triggering a state emergency.
About 1,000 firefighters fought the wildfire, dubbed as the “La Tuna Fire” that started on Friday, September 1.
The severity of the fire triggered mandatory and voluntary evacuations near the area.
By Sunday, the fire had engulfed a large portion of the area, encircling hundreds of vulnerable homes and displacing about 1,400 residents.
The fire charred a vast area of the mountain.
It prompted California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday.
However, the mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been lifted, and hundreds of residents were allowed to go home as the fire was 30 percent contained, CNN reports.
A total of 206 fire engines and nine helicopters worked together to battle the monster fire.
Four firefighters were hurt, but they had non-life-threatening injuries.
Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Terrazas told Fox News:
“The biggest factor is weather and the wind. If there is no wind, this fire is relatively easy to put out. The wind changes, it changes our priorities.”
This wildfire is the largest one in history, with fires this big in the area were last recorded about three to four decades ago. The erratic winds combined with the incredibly rising temperatures made the wildfire worse and massive.
According to Buzzfeed, along with fires, heat waves have impacted California this summer, with records hitting a staggering 106 degrees Fahrenheit on the day that fire started.
Christopher Burt, a historian at Weather Underground, said:
“This is the greatest statewide heat wave ever recorded in California.”
Look at how massive the fire is in this video:
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Belgian Men Thrown Off a Flight As One Jokingly Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’
What a bad joke!
Nine men were apprehended by the police after they’ve been thrown off from a Ryanair flight. One of them reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” though it was meant “as a joke.” Unfortunately, his stunt didn’t end well for him and his friends.
The said flight left the Zaventem airport in Brussels early morning. It was expected to land in Madrid, but was delayed as the passengers panicked after what happened. The authorities confirmed the incident, which was quickly forwarded to the local news channel VTM Nieuws. All of the nine men were said to be of Belgian nationality.
The airline quickly called the authorities after a man was heard shouting 'Allahu Akbar.'
US Hid Underground High-Speed Missile Interceptor To Shoot Down Anti-Ballistic Missiles
The said military base is believed to be America’s last line of defense against North Korea’s ballistic missile attack.
Located in a deep underground in remote wilderness in Alaska are heavily guarded ground-based interceptors (GBIs) that have the ability to shoot down a potential missile.
The Fort Greely in Alaska, located more than 500 kilometers north of Anchorage, is the U.S. Army's launch site for anti-ballistic missiles. The said military base is believed to be America's last line of defense against North Korea's ballistic missile attacks. And its system stands ready for any eventuality to protect the U.S.
In a report by CNN, the military base is described as a "busier" site than how it appears outside, where 36-silo heavily guarded ground-based missile interceptors (GBIs) are installed with high-speed reaction to shoot down a missile in the air once a potential attack occurs.
Canada Officially Introduces Third Gender Option for Passport Holders
“All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose.”
If you do not want to be classified as a male or female, you can actually go for a third gender option for your passport – as long as you are a Canadian citizen, that is! In a move that is seen by many as a huge step in supporting gender equality in the country, the Canadian government has officially introduced a third gender category on its passports.
Implemented immediately, passport holders from Canada will now be able to choose ‘X’ as their gender if they do not want to identify as ‘M’ (male) or ‘F’ (female).
Now Canadian passport users have the option to indicate 'X' as their gender, if they prefer.
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