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California Wildfire Evacuations Ordered as Temperatures Rise

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This Saturday, July 8, 2017, photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a large fire whirl developing from erratic winds near Tepesquet Road in a wildfire east of Santa Maria, Calif., in Santa Barbara County, Calif. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 09:55 AM

California wildfires spread over the weekend, prompting evacuations as this year's wildfire season is fueled by excessive heat.

Flames from one of the wildfires had children and counselors trapped at a summer camp in California's Santa Barbara County on Saturday, according to CBS News.

The Santa Barbara fire quickly spread to both sides of Highway 154, forcing about 90 children and 50 counselors at the campsite to take shelter until they could be evacuated, the network reported.

The wildfires came amid record-breaking temperature spikes in California.

Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles increased to 98 degrees for the first time in 131 years.

According to the National Weather Service, the previous record had been 95 degrees.

"We are going to see an increase in calls during this peak heat," said Los Angeles Fire Captain Erik Scott, according to CBS News.

Scott added that the rise in temperatures across different parts of California is dangerous for everybody, including firefighters.

"Firefighters are not exempt to this heat themselves," he said.

"Firefighters take with them to a fire 100 extra pounds -- you have temperatures up to 112 degrees right now, it's very challenging," Scott added.

Firefighters expect to see a bad fire season this year due to all the wet weather from the winter that led to new grass growth in wooded areas, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Despite this belief, a season of bad wildfires is not a sure thing. There's still a combination of things that would need to go wrong for multiple wildfires to set ablaze in California areas.

“There’s always going to be vegetation,” said Richard Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, according to the Times. “You’ve got to have the right combination of people doing stupid things on a hot day, an ignitable source of fuel and the winds.”

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