The state of California has been engulfed in flames. Wildfires are sweeping the area, as the residents prepare to face a blackout. First responders are on the scene and are doing their best to tackle the blaze, but as the rage of the fire increases, it seems to be getting extremely difficult to keep control.
But even in scary times, there are some heartwarming tales to be shared. And one horse has recently gone viral after charging back towards the fires to ensure its family can escape, too. Scroll on for the incredible video.
California has been engulfed in flames.
via: Getty ImagesWildfires are spreading quickly through the state, destroying anything in its path including people's homes.
Many residents have been forced to flee their homes.
via: Getty ImagesDue to the intensity of the blaze, now named the Getty Fire, emergency services have issued warnings statewide, stressing the dangers of the situation.
It has now reached LA and continues to spread.
via: Getty ImagesIn Los Angeles, the Getty Fire has destroyed over six-hundred acres of land and continues to destroy homes. At least 8 homes have been burned to the ground, while a further 5 have been damaged.
LA fire chief, Ralph Terrazas, has spoken out.
via: Getty Images"They had to make some tough decisions on which houses they were able to protect," he said.
He also mentioned that the fire was overwhelming for firefighters.
via: Getty Images"Many times it depends on where the ember lands. I saw homes, that were adjacent to homes that were totally destroyed, without any damage." Schools in northern California have been shut and warnings issued.
However, on Tuesday, things seemed to get worse.
via: Getty ImagesWith winds reaching approximately eighty miles an hour over the past two days, it is believed that they have aided the beastly fire in engulfing land at a quicker rate. Due to this reason, over 180,000 residents have been told to flee the area.
How was such a devastating blaze caused?
via: Getty ImagesReports have claimed that the Getty Fire was started due to a branch that fell onto some powerlines.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has decided to shut off the power supply.
via: Getty ImagesIn order to get the blaze under control, the company has said the shut-offs on Tuesday are a precaution as high winds are forecast.
Over 1.5 million residents in California are set to be affected by the power outage.This company has a history of causing ghastly fires due to the carelessness of their electric lines. They have previously found themselves in a position where they've had to file for bankruptcy.
After taking over parts of LA, people are worried about how far this is going to go.
via: Getty ImagesThousands of residents near the wealthy Brentwood neighborhood have been told to evacuate because of safety precautions.
Basketball star, Lebron James, has spoken out.
Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family tryin… https://t.co/MKPzg3VI3E— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1572259996.0
Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger also tweeted this:
We evacuated safely at 3:30 this morning. If you are in an evacuation zone, don’t screw around. Get out. Right now… https://t.co/rHqzhSXGpc— Arnold (@Arnold)1572276764.0
The firefighters on the front line are working hard to tackle the blaze.
via: Getty ImagesOver 1,100 emergency service personnel have been deployed on the mission to get the fire under control and hopefully eradicate it before it causes more destruction.
However, this is easier said than done.
via: Getty ImagesIt has been reported that only fifteen percent of the fire has actually been contained. Weather experts have claimed that winds are going to continue fanning the flames, which will only add more pressure to the people trying to regain control.
But there has been one story which has captured the internet's hearts.
via: PixabayOne horse being evacuated from the fires did something incredibly cute - and it was all captured on video.
The horse made a bid for freedom.
via: YouTubeIt escaped the clutches of the animal handlers and bolted back towards the fire.
But it soon became abundantly clear as to why.
via: YouTubeThis horse was safe, sure. But there were others which weren't - and the horse decided to go back for them.
The horse was reunited with their family.
via: YouTubeThe colt and filly were trapped behind a wire fence and needed a little bit of guidance to help them get out.
And the mission was a success.
via: YouTubeThe three managed to escape and were successfully evacuated from the dangerous area.