One of the many California wildfires now burning across the state, the Thompson Fire, is currently threatening one of the area's popular attractions: the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville, California. 

Known for its brilliant wildflowers every spring, this reserve is in grave danger as the fire raged over 3,000 acres and continues spreading.

California Wildfires Threaten Famous Wildflower Reserve Near Oroville

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California Wildfires Menace Local Wildflower Haven

Located about 70 miles north of Sacramento, the wildfire began on Tuesday and has already forced over 13,000 people to evacuate. This comes at a time when California grapples with an intense heatwave, complicating firefighting efforts. 

While the wildfire season in California typically stretches into October, this year's early fires have been particularly fierce and widespread.

As per SF Gate, visitors from all over flock to see the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, especially from March to early May when its wildflowers are in bloom. But the flowers are more than just a visitor draw. They are also part of the local ecosystem. 

That's according to Laura Drath with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The reserve is now closed to the public since the flames are too close.

Officials remain hopeful that the native plants adapted to fire will recover quickly even if the area burns. 

"Grasses and wildflowers do tend to regenerate very quickly, particularly native plants," Drath said, suggesting in the report that there shouldn't be many long-term impacts on the wildflowers.

Although California wildfires are a menace from all corners across the state, the situation unfolding near Oroville is worrisome to conservationists and nature buffs who hold this area of North Table Mountain very close at heart, with its unique landscape and rich biodiversity. 

Firefighters try with all their might to extinguish the mopping-up process of this ecological jewel and save the lives and properties of local people.

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Thousands Forced to Flee Homes

Tens of thousands of northern Californians have been evacuated from their homes in the worst heatwave cases as wildfires spread quickly. 

The Thompson fire, which broke out over two days ago, has already prompted the evacuation of some 28,000 people-all according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire.

The ongoing California wildfires are fueled by dangerously high temperatures, with forecasts predicting highs of up to 118F (47C). Despite efforts, the fire remains largely uncontrolled, destroying or damaging 74 structures across the state.

BBC reported that with the specter of additional fires, the city of Oroville, near the Thompson fire's origin, canceled its July 4th fireworks. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said nothing is more important now than residents staying away from fireworks.

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the emergency declaration in Butte County to secure resources while crews continue fighting the fire. But at the same time, recent transplants to California were shocked by the severity of the wildfires and caught off guard at the issuance of evacuation orders.

As the California wildfires persist, the community braces for more challenges, with state and local agencies working tirelessly to manage and assist those affected.

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