Wildfire forces evacuation of 10,000 homes in Los Angeles, including Hollywood stars

Khurram Shahzad 11:13 PM | 25 Jul, 2016
Wildfire forces evacuation of 10,000 homes in Los Angeles, including Hollywood stars
CALIFORNIA - A wildfire north-west of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of some 10,000 homes after spreading across a rugged 51 sq-mile (132 sq-km) zone, fueled by high winds and hot weather.

Helicopters are being used to tackle the blaze, nicknamed the Sand Fire, which broke out near Santa Clarita, 40 miles (65km) from Los Angeles.

The fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes in three days, the BBC reported.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

Officials said only 10% of the fire was under control.

"This is the fifth year of an ongoing drought, so we have very extreme fire behavior," Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.

Fire crews have also been hampered by the forested, mountainous terrain.

Over the weekend, a body was found in a burned-out car but it is not clear if the death is fire-related.

A wildlife preserve owned by actress Tippi Hedren, who starred in the Hitchcock classic The Birds, has also been evacuated. Hedren's daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, tweeted that her mother and the 40 big cats at the Shambala Preserve were safe.


Forecasters say there could be some relief in sight with cooler temperatures due to set in.

Firefighters are also struggling to contain a blaze further north, in mountains near Big Sur.

This second wildfire, spanning more than 23 sq miles (59.6 sq km), forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in the communities of Palo Colorado and Carmel Highlands.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360


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