Hundreds of inhabitants of adjacent villages have been ordered to evacuate after a rapidly expanding wildfire in California reached more than 900 hectares in just four days, according to fire officials.
The National Interagency Fire Center reports that the Rice fire is located in Nevada County, about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento.
The fire started on Tuesday at 2:00 pm close to the Yuba River. According to the California Ministry of Forestry and Fire Protection, as of late Thursday, crews had managed to restrict the fire to around 20% of its original size.
According to CalFire, 13 firemen and one citizen have suffered injuries thus far. Dehydration and other heat-related ailments were present.