Firefighters battle against flames fueled by powerful winds, with nearly 200,000 under evacuation order

3.07pm GMT

Progressive Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just tweeted an urgent reminder that we are racing towards the deadline for the human race to cut carbon emissions drastically or face irreversible climate breakdown.

Experts have long been warning that the climate crisis and global heating create conditions that increase the risk of wildfires starting, especially in the bone-dry American west, and exacerbate them once they have ignited. We’re seeing this once again with the fires scorching California this last week, which still raging, spreading and multiplying in the north and south, near San Francisco and Los Angeles.

This is what climate change looks like.

The GOP like to mock scientific warnings about climate change as exaggeration. But just look around: it’s already starting.

We have 10 years to cut carbon emissions in half. If we don’t, scenes like this can get much worse. #GreenNewDeal https://t.co/GNvk7DYFJT

2.34pm GMT

Fire map: The Los Angeles Times has a useful interactive map showing the many wildfires burning in southern and northern California.

Here’s some more footage of the Getty Fire which broke out north-west of downtown LA in the early hours of today, forcing evacuations, including that of basketball superstar LeBron James and his family.

Related: LeBron James evacuates home threatened by California fire

Huge brush fire raging off the 405 freeway at Getty Center Dr. #GettyFire pic.twitter.com/S9qth2l54J

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