Unsuccessful blackout, failed helicopter rescue attempt as part of wildfires planned in California

New wildlife devastated bone-dry California during the scorching Labor Day weekend, including A. Dramatic airlift of over 200 people Caught in flames and with the state’s largest utility closing power to 172,000 customers, to try to prevent its power lines and other equipment from spewing more fires.

An attempt Monday night to rescue dozens of people sheltered from the same fire that had previously failed the rescue.

A military helicopter tried, but failed to evacuate those trapped by the raging Creek Fire in Central California, the Fresno Fire Department said on Twitter. The department tweeted that “military pilots tried legitimately to land but heavy smoke conditions prevented a safe approach, using night vision to evacuate people stranded at Lake Edison and China Peak soon” Another attempt will be made. “

Later, KCBS Radio reported that it did not pan:

California has traditionally been headed toward its wildfire season so far, setting a record with 2 million acres burned this year. The previous record was set just two years ago and included the deadliest wildfires in state history – Campfire, which swept through the community of heaven And killed 85 people.

The fire was started by Pacific Gas and Electric Power Lines. Billions of dollars of liability in that and other Blaze claims compelled the utility to obtain bankruptcy protection. To protect against new wildfires and new liability, PG&E shut down retrospective power last year when conditions were exceptionally dangerous.

This is the situation now in Northern California, where strong and dry winds are expected to last until Wednesday. 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.”

Two of the three biggest fires in the state’s history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 14,000 firefighters are battling those fires and about two dozen others are around California.

The fire risk is even greater in Southern California, where new fires were burning in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The US Forest Service on Monday decided to close all eight national forests in the area and statewide campgrounds.

“Wilderness conditions are dangerous throughout California and should be taken seriously.” Said Randy Moore, regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, which covers California. “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 fully fight and prevent every fire.”

Lynn Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for California Forestry and Fire Protection or Cal Fire, said it is “unnecessary” that this is when September and October are usually the worst months of a fire because the vegetation had dried up and the strong winds were more common. .

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 and more mountain communities on Monday, the biggest explosion, churning through the Creek Fire, the Sierra National Forest.

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A firebreak drive along State Highway 168 battling the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, California, in September. 7, 2020.

Noah Berger / AP

It was one of several recent major fires that have exhibited terrifyingly fast movement. The fire went 15 miles and burned 56 square miles in a single day during the weekend. Starting on Friday for an unknown reason. It has burned 212 square miles.

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.

On Saturday, the National Guard rescued 214 people to rescue teams in two military helicopters when flames caused them to camp in a forest near the Mammath Pool reservoir by the Creek Fire. Two people were seriously injured and 12 were hospitalized.

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. Late Monday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department asked residents of Durte, Bradbury and Monrovia near the woods to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Cal Fire said a blast occurred in San Bernardino County, called the El Dorado Fire, which began Saturday morning and was about to cause smoke Pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal the gender of their child. In eastern San Diego County, at least 10 structures caught fire after a 16-square-mile burn and indicated an evacuation 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.