The wildfires in California are so bad that when the nearly full moon rose on Friday night, it looked like it was engulfed in flames:
- Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Dept/Handout via REUTERS
Of course, the moon was merely reflecting the flames. Mike Eliason, public information specialist for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, took the photo of the Alamo fire on a hilltop off Highway 166 east of Santa Maria, California.
The Alamo fire now spans over 23,000 acres with only 10% of it contained. It’s the largest of 14 wildfires currently burning across the state. On Sunday, 5,000 firefighters were battling blazes on over 56,000 acres, Pacific Palisades Patch reported.
The fires have forced hundreds of Californians to flee their homes. Kids and staff at a summer camp in Santa Barbara had to seek shelter until firefighters could rescue them.