Wake up and smell the smoke.
California — More than 4,000 acres have been destroyed since starting Thursday afternoon.
In the dark of Friday morning, flames crept over the west side of the sweeping hills surrounding the horseshoe-shaped town of Avalon California. The 76-square-mile island is home to about 3,200 people, although that swells to as many as 10,000 people during the summer vacation season.
People evacuated the island by ferry as ash from the fire rained down on the island. Some 1,200 homes are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders. About 3,800 people had been evacuated Friday.
The Santa Catalina Island fire is the second major blaze to force evacuations in Southern California this week. An earlier fire in the heart of Los Angeles burned hundreds of acres in the city’s sprawling Griffith Park.
Fire season for the region doesn’t officially start until next month in the California hills.
There is no official fire season in Georgia and Florida.
What’s going on with the arson investigations?
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