According to national public radio, wildfires are raging in California due to thunderstorms and persistent heat waves. Within 72 hours, California suffered nearly 11000 lightning strikes, causing more than 300 fires, destroying a large number of houses and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. < p > < p > meanwhile, the epidemic situation in California continues to spread, with the cumulative number of confirmed cases ranking first in the United States, with more than 11000 deaths. As local people are forced into evacuation centers and fire camps, confirmed cases in California may continue to increase. < p > < p > according to Fox News, California has also reported one plague case, the first reported case in California since 2015. Health officials believe the patient was probably bitten by fleas infected with plague virus while walking his dog. According to national public radio, thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes as firefighters fight dozens of fires due to record breaking temperatures in California and lightning storms in the Pacific Ocean. < p > < p > according to the government website “California fire”, California wildfires have destroyed more than 18600 hectares of land, damaged about 100 buildings and evacuated 22000 people. California governor Gavin Newsom said at a press conference on August 19 local time that “under extreme weather conditions, California is facing a crisis, and we have not seen a fire of this size for many years.”. “In the past 72 hours, California has experienced a historic lightning strike of 10849 times, causing 367 new fires,” said Ryan, head of California’s forestry and fire department. “At present, all kinds of fire resources in California have been exhausted, and the scale and complexity of wildfire combustion have brought challenges to all aspects of the emergency department.”. As of the afternoon of August 19, about 6900 firefighters from the federal, state and local governments were on their way to California for support. 375 fire trucks were provided by neighboring states. Almost all available private fire fighters in the western United States have been expropriated, according to California Fire Department officials. < / P > < p > in addition, one pilot was killed by helicopter crash while participating in the fire fighting operation. California’s forestry and Fire Department said in a statement that the helicopter crashed during a precipitation operation in Fresno County in central California, killing the pilot. < p > < p > on August 18, local time, governor Newsom of California declared a state of emergency, “we are deploying all available resources to ensure community safety.”. Subsequently, Newsom received fire management assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance emergency response in some areas. < p > < p > according to the Los Angeles Times, the wildfire is the second wave in California. On July 31, the first fire broke out in Eastern Los Angeles, California. < p > < p > according to the California Department of health on August 19, in the past 24 hours, there were 6164 new confirmed cases in California, with a total of 638831 cases confirmed; 181 new deaths in a single day, with a total of 11523 deaths. < p > < p > according to the New York Times, in the past week, an average of 7378 new cases per day were added in California, nearly 11% more than the average confirmed cases two weeks ago. At present, California has the largest cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States. < p > < p > California’s virus detection system also experienced technical failures, resulting in a backlog of 300000 samples. The failure occurred on July 25, but it was not until July 31 that health officials realized the seriousness of the problem. National Public Radio reported that state and local health officials were unable to understand the real situation of the local epidemic due to the backlog of 300000 samples, which greatly weakened the ability to track close contacts. < / P > < p > in addition, California counties have a long waiting time for virus testing and results. In Santa Barbara County, it will take at least one month from the appointment of virus detection to the detection results if the people do not have the symptoms of infection and are not medical staff. < / P > < p > in 33 counties of California, 94% of people wait more than 2 days to get the test results, and it even takes 2 weeks for some areas to get the test results. Thomas, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of public health, said, “if it takes two weeks to wait for the results, the virus test is meaningless.”. < p > < p > on August 18, local time, California Governor John Newsom said the state would issue guidelines related to reopening the economy. We are working with health officials across the state to set new standards and reopen businesses. < p > < p > wildfires are rampant and the epidemic situation is severe. There are also human cases of plague in California. According to Fox News, local time on August 17, local time, Eldorado County Health Department announced that a resident of South Lake Tahoe city had tested positive for plague, which means that the state has seen the first human case of plague in five years. Health officials believe that the patient may have been bitten by fleas infected with plague virus while walking his dog. At present, patients are being treated by doctors at home, and the health department is also understanding the situation. “Plague naturally occurs in many parts of California, including the higher altitudes of Eldorado County,” said Nancy Williams, a health official in Eldorado county. People need to take protective measures for themselves and their pets when they are outdoors, especially when walking, hiking or camping in places where there are wild rodents. < / P > < p > according to the Eldorado County Health Department, the last case of human plague in California was in 2015, when two people came into contact with rodents infected with the plague virus or their fleas in Yosemite National Park. According to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States, an average of seven people are infected with plague every year in the United States. Symptoms of plague infection usually include fever, chills, extreme weakness, abdominal pain and even shock. In addition, the plague virus may also penetrate the skin or other organs, especially fingers, toes and nose. Novel coronavirus pneumonia poses a great challenge to the US general election, according to
, according to the Losangeles times. Under this background, California is changing its traditional voting mode. < p > < p > according to the government’s website, registered voters in California are required to apply for postal ballots by October 27, and voters can choose their own voting methods after obtaining their votes. < / P > < p > voters who vote by mail should stamp their votes on or before November 3 and mail them to the county election office before November 20; voters who wish to vote in person should deliver their votes to the county election office or other polling stations before 20:00 on November 3. According to the associated press, although each “active” registered voter will receive a vote, some voters will have to go to the scene to vote because of the need for language help and damaged ballot papers. As a result, California Governor John Newsom signed a law on August 6 that would allow counties to provide fewer polling stations to open them earlier and reduce the number of people gathering on election day. < / P > < p > according to bill 423 approved by the California Senate, polling stations that are opened in advance should be open from October 31 to November 2 for at least eight hours a day. Earlier, Newsom signed an executive order on May 8, making California the first state to commit to sending postal ballots to registered voters during the outbreak. In June, the executive order became law and was seen as part of California’s voting strategy.