Wildfires have burned more than 2 m acres (809,000 ha) in California this year, even increasing state records, while the crew battled dozens of rising flaws in rising temperatures on Monday’s electrical grid. , And millions of people faced the danger of electricity.
The previous high was 1.96 m acres (793,184 ha) burned in 2018. California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, began tracking the numbers in 1987.
Cal Fire spokesman, Lynn Tolmachoff, said the most striking thing about the record was how quickly it was set, the most dangerous part of the year ahead.
“It’s a bit unnecessary because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,” she said. “It’s usually hot, and the fuel really dries up. And we see more of our wind events.”
Firefighters struggled to bear many dangerous spots ahead of the dry, hot winds, predicting the danger of the fire to take a severe level in the coming days. Evacuation orders were expanded to more mountain communities as the largest Volcano Creek fire churned through the Sierra National Forest.
Debra Rios was not home when orders came to evacuate her hometown of Aubrey, northeast of Fresno. Sheriff’s Duty went to his farm estate to take his 92-year-old mother Shirley McLain. They met again at an evacuation center.
“I hope like cat fires don’t reach my small farm,” Rios said. “It doesn’t look good right now. This is a huge fire. “
The mountain roads were filled with cars and trucks, leaving a community of about 2,300 people.
Firefighters working in the steep area rescued the small town of Chevron Lake from the flames that were heading up the hills towards a marina. According to Toby Wait, about 30 homes in a remote residence on Big Creek were destroyed.
“About half of the city’s private homes were gutted,” he said. “Words also cannot begin to describe the devastation of this community.”
A school, church, library, historic general store and a major hydroelectric plant were spared in a community of about 200 residents, Wait told Fresno Bee.
Sheriff’s duty was to go door to door to ensure that residents were following orders to leave. Authorities hope to push the fire westward, possibly towards Yosemite National Park.
The Creek Fire has destroyed more than 114 square miles (295 sq km) of wood since it broke on Friday. 850 firefighters have not yet received any control at the scene.
On Saturday, rescue teams in military helicopters evacuated 207 people to safety when flames trapped them in a wooden camping near the Mammath Pool reservoir.
Record-breaking temperatures were driving the year’s highest electricity usage, and because the cuts in wildfire supplies have caused transmission losses. The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, warns of potential electricity if residents do not reduce their electricity usage. No one has yet.
The weather was predicted to cool later in the day, but a change in weather is expected to bring winds that could provoke wildfires.
Pacific Gas & Electric has warned that increasing power starting late Monday night could cut about 158,000 customers in parts of 21 Northern California counties due to a fire hazard. In recent years, some of the state’s largest and deadliest fires have been spewed by fallen power lines and other utility equipment.
PG&E received criticism for handling a previous planned outage. Utility said it learned from past problems, “and this year will be small in size, small in length and events that make it customer friendly.”
In Southern California, crews wreaked havoc to ignite a number of fires, which rose to heat temperatures, including one that closed mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest and the evacuation of Mount Wilson Observatory Forced. Cal Fire said a blast occurred in San Bernardino County, called the El Dorado Fire, which began Saturday morning and was caused by a smoking pyrotechnic device that was caused by a couple revealing the sex of their child Used to be