After a generally dry summer, California is headed to fall and is generally the most dangerous time for wildlife. Two of the three biggest fires in the state’s history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 14,000 firefighters around California are battling those fires and dozens of others.
The three-day heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to most parts of the state during the Labor Day weekend. But just behind it was a weather system with a dry weather that could ignite a fan fire. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, was preparing to cut power to 158,000 customers in 21 counties in the northern part of the state to reduce the likelihood that other equipment could trigger a new fire.
Regional Forest Officer Randy Moore of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service covering California announced the National Forest Closure and said the decision would be evaluated daily. The premises of all the national forests of the state were also closed.
“Wilderness conditions are dangerous throughout California and should be taken seriously.” Moore said. “Existing fires are exhibiting extreme fire behavior, new fires are likely to start, weather conditions are deteriorating, and we do not have sufficient resources to fight fires completely and prevent every fire.”
Lynn Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or Cal Fire, said it is “unnecessary” when a record for barns is reached in September and October when it is usually the worst for fires because vegetation Dries and high winds are even more common. The previous high was 1.96 million acres burned in 2018. Cal Fire began tracking numbers in 1987.
While two massive Bay Area fires were largely contained after burning for three weeks, firefighters struggled to endure several other major explosions ahead of expected winds. Evacuation orders were extended to more mountain communities on Monday, with the biggest explosion, the Creek Fire, through the Sierra National Forest in Central California.
It was one of several recent major fires that have exhibited terrifyingly fast movement. The fire went 15 miles (24 kilometers) in a single day and burned 56 square miles (145.04 square kilometers).
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 saw a steady stream of cars and trucks leaving a community of about 2,300 people on Monday afternoon.
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. About 30 homes in the remote hamlet of Big Creek were destroyed, resident Toby Wait said.
“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 hoped to push the fire west toward Yosemite National Park.
More than 114 square miles (295 sq km) of wood was cut by the Creek Fire on Friday after breaking down. About 1,000 firefighters at the scene have not yet received any control. The cause was not determined.
On Saturday, the National Guard evacuated 214 people on board two military helicopters after being caught in flames in a forest camping area near the Mammath Pool reservoir. Two people were seriously injured and 12 were hospitalized.
On Monday night, a military helicopter landed near Lake Edison to rescue people stranded by the Creek Fire, the Fresno Fire Department said on Twitter.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Rosmond, the pilot of the Chinook helicopter, said visibility was poor and winds were strong during the three flights built in the fire zone. His crew relied on night-vision goggles to search for a landing spot near a boat launch, where flames occurred within 50 feet (15.24 m) of the aircraft.
He said that the injured, along with women and children, preferred the first airlift, which filled both helicopters with capacity.
“We started getting information about how many people were outside, how many people expected and this number kept increasing. So we knew that it was a terrible situation.
Rosamond called the circumstances “extreme” and said it was one of the most difficult flight missions in 25 years as a military pilot.
Record-breaking temperatures were driving the year’s highest electricity usage, and because the cuts in wildfire supplies have caused transmission losses. Throughout the weekend of the holiday, the California independent system operator that manages the state’s power grid warns them of an outage if residents do not reduce their electricity usage. But by Monday afternoon no one had arrived.
Pacific Gas & Electric has warned of a power cut starting late Monday due to the increased risk of fire. 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 last year for dealing with planned results. 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 several fires that were leading to life in dense temperatures, including one that closed mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest and the evacuation of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory Forced to.
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 In eastern San Diego County, at least 10 structures caught fire after burning 16 square miles (41.44 square kilometers) and indicated emptying near the remote community of Alpine in the Cleveland National Forest.
California has seen 900 wildfires since August 15, many of them triggered by an intense series of thousands of lightning strikes in mid-August. The fire has caused eight deaths and destroyed over 3,300 structures.