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Evacuations ordered in California desert communities as wildfires burn

Evacuations ordered in California desert communities as wildfires burn
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Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for several California communities over the weekend as record-setting wildfires raged across the state.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that evacuation orders were issued for residents of Silver City and Mineral King, two communities in central California, while parts of Los Angeles County in the southern part of the state have been under evacuation orders since Thursday.

Fires continue to burn across the state up into Oregon and Washington, including the August Complex fire which has become the largest wildfire in the state's history, and remains only 34 percent contained according to Cal Fire.

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Yosemite National Park remains closed to all visitors due to fire danger, as have around two dozen state parks. More than two million acres of ground across the state so far this year, while officials have pointed to a host of causes including droughts caused by a changing climate and so-called "dry" lightning strikes, as well as one incident in which an explosive device used during a gender reveal party is thought to have sparked a major blaze.

California's Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomJudge dismisses lawsuit of alleged Michael Jackson abuse victim OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA eases permitting for modifications to polluting facilities | Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire | Trump order strips workplace protections from civil servants Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire MORE (D) pointed to the blazes and data showing a rise in average temperatures across the state as evidence of the fires' link to climate change during a press conference last week.

"The fundamental facts cannot be denied," Newsom said Wednesday. "The trendlines are not going in the right direction."

"[I]t's not a belief system, it's data," he continued. "Science. You have to acknowledge facts."