In the middle of California’s largest wildfire season, the state is facing a shortage of water and fuel supplies as authorities say more forestland has been lost and more homes and businesses are in jeopardy.
The state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued an Amber Alert Friday evening for more than 1,100 miles (2,800 kilometers) of forest and other forested areas, warning of potential flash flooding and the risk of wildfires.
The alert said the state’s water and power infrastructure is at or near its limits and that the fire danger is heightened in the mountains, with firefighters still working to extinguish the blaze.
Firefighters are still battling a blaze that’s been burning for more the past several weeks in the Santa Clara Mountains.
The fire is about 90 percent contained, but authorities have not said if it has burned through to the mountains or if the fire is still burning.
The wildfire is believed to be a natural outgrowth of a massive wildfire that broke out in October that charred 1,976 acres (630 hectares).
More than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of California state and federal forests have been destroyed, according to state officials.
The area has been called the “most-fatal wildfire in U.S. history.”
The state has issued a voluntary evacuation order for the state of Santa Clara, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
About 2,700 people have been ordered to leave the county, with thousands more on their way.
About 2,000 homes and some businesses have been evacuated, as well.
The Santa Clara County fire department said it is sending 2,500 firefighters and 4,500 water trucks to the fire, with an additional 300 to 400 firefighters on standby.
More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the fire in the state, the department said.
The Santa Clara Fire Department said the fire was 20 percent contained in mid-January.
The fire was reported near San Jose, California, by a fire engine and is burning near the town of El Dorado, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of the city.
The El Dorada fire, which began in October, has burned more than 3,200 acres (2.7 million hectares), according to the California Department of Fire Protection.