A brutal heatwave is making it challenging for firefighters to put out the Valley Fire in San Diego.
As of Tuesday morning, CAL FIRE said it had jumped to 17,345 acres with 3 percent containment.
“My desk faces the window and I can see the sun is red,” said Jordan Icorn, who lives in San Diego.
The smoke from the fire in the east part of the county has been creating hazy skies that can be seen for miles by residents.
“It’s definitely concerning seeing the air quality,” added Icorn.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for most parts of California, raising the threat of more wildfires as over 700 of them burn throughout the state.
“Seven individuals have lost their lives tragically and 2,100 structures have been identified as destroyed,” said Governor Gavin Newsom during a press conference.
Firefighters know the Valley Fire sparked around 2:15 p.m. Saturday during the relentless heatwave but the cause is still under investigation.