A fast-spreading brush fire is forcing dozens of people to evacuate in Southern California. Firefighters said the Bruder Fire in Redlands is at 100 acres with 30 percent containment as of Thursday morning.
Firefighters in Southern California were also battling two other blazes that broke out as hot and dry weather conditions continue.
The fall heat wave that is bringing this wildfire danger is also leading to power shutdowns.
More than 50,000 customers are without power in the San Francisco Bay Area, affecting students as they go to school online.
“The school has told me basically that if we lose power they will just give him a two-day pass of not having to do any schoolwork but that doesn’t help us out any,” said parent Matt Rubenstein.
The goal of the outages is to prevent wildfires that spark from power lines. CAL FIRE investigators believe at least 17 major wildfires in California last year were caused by problematic power lines.
“We’re also trying to make them shorter events and smaller events so we’re really targeting areas trying to make it more pockets and targeted zones rather than larger areas,” said Tamar Sarkissian, spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric.