Wildfires spread across California as oppressive heat wave continues

Firefighters across California continued to have multiple explosions on Monday due to extreme heat and other conditions. The state has burnt more than 2 million acres this year, a record high.

“This is a bit useless because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Lynn Tolmachoff said Monday. “It’s usually hot, and the fuel really dries up. And we watch our wind events.”

The previous record was set in 1987 at 1.96 million acres according to The Associated Press.

According to Cal Fire the area of ​​the Sierra region has largely exceeded 78,000 acres and was up 0% as of Monday morning. In recent years there has been fire from dead trees ravaged by bark beetles.

In a news release, Cal Fire said, “The fire continued to grow (at night) under extreme conditions.” “The main impact of the fire continues with heavy fuel loading from fuel dead and bottom material. The area has a tree mortality rate of about 80–90% from wood bark beetles.”

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On September 7, 2020, a firefighter’s flames move toward homes during the Creek Fire in the Casdell Woods area of ​​Madira County, California.

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Fresno County Administrative Officer Jean Russo Said on monday The Creek Fire initially looked like it was contained before the outbreak. On Monday, he said, “He lost it to a third acre before he lost control. It’s the same,” he said.

Governor Gavin Newsome declared a state of emergency for the region on Monday. Both Aubry and North Fork were placed under mandatory evacuation orders, CBS San Francisco reports.

In Southern California, the El Dorado Fire, which was Sparked by pyrotechnic devices According to Kell Fire, a gender reveal party has been used, burned over 7,300 acres and contained only 7%. Several homes have been destroyed and some 21,000 residents evacuated, CBS Los Angeles reports. Triple-digit temperatures and low humidity are helping the fire to spread.

Many national forests will be closed on Monday night due to wildfires. The US Forest Service said the Sequoia National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest and Cleveland National Forest will be closed to all visitors starting at 5 pm local time.

“Existing fires are exhibiting extreme fire behavior, new fires are likely to start, weather conditions are deteriorating and we do not have enough resources to fully fight fires and stop every fire, “Said Randy Moore, regional forester of the USDA Forest Queen Southwest Region. .

A state of emergency was declared in San Diego County as the Valley Fire burned over 10,200 acres and contained only 1%. Orders were given to evacuate the area and at least 11 structures were destroyed, CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV reports.

On Monday afternoon, a new wildfire broke out north of Willyts, California. The fire had spread to only 25 acres, but evacuation was ordered based on fears that the flames could spread quickly, CBS or Francisco reported.