Dubai: UAE authorities issued a warning to its citizens living in the United States on Saturday following a huge bush fire that has scorched acres of land in California.
The UAE Consulate in Los Angeles have advised Emiratis living near the fire-ravaged zones to take precautions and follow the safety instructions issued by the authorities concerned.
“The Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Los Angeles advises the citizens of the state who are located near the affected areas to take precautions,” the consulate said on Twitter.
UAE nationals are also urged to contact the emergency number provided by the consulate on social media, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cases of emergency.
The raging wildfire in Northern California has so far gutted more than 100,000 acres of land, according to media reports.
Considered one of the biggest in the state’s history, the fire has been exploding in size and claimed the lives of 23 people.
Households in affected areas are being evacuated and authorities are advising residents that strong winds could fan the wildfire and cause it to spread to nearby locations.
“Winds will be picking up tomorrow. If you are in potential fire areas, be prepared,” the LA Country Sheriff said in its latest advisory.
Residents are advised to pack up their valuables, including their important documents and provisions: ID, medications, birth certificates, marriage certificates, emergency supplies and clothes.