Sunday, September 19, 2021

New round of strong winds fuels northern California wildfires

Pratherville, California – In another round of strong winds, workers were digging and burning the line of fire, which led to wildfires in Northern California.

On Saturday, Keith Wade, a spokesperson for the California Forestry and Fire Department (Cal Fire), said: “We have a firefight ahead of us, and today’s wind will make it very challenging.”

The Caldo fire in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains has destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities closed the 46-mile-long Interstate 50 on Friday, the main route between the state capital Sacramento and Lake Tahoe on the Nevada line.

Debris caused by the fire fell onto the road, and due to the red flag warning of wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph, by Saturday night, “plus the continued extremely dry fuel will result in severe fire weather conditions near the highway “, resulting in the closure of the expressway. Caldo fire,” the National Weather Service said.

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In this image from a wildfire surveillance camera from the U.S. Forest Service, on August 17, 2021, thick smoke erupted from the Kaldor Fire in El Dorado County, California. (US Forest Service/ALERTWildfire Network via AP)

This road is a key checkpoint, as the staff are fighting the fire that broke out earlier this week, and within a few days, driven by the wind, it expanded to 10 times its size.

Eric Schwab, the head of Cal Fire’s operations department, said: “We will do everything we can to prevent the fire on the south side of the road.”

Firefighters made progress on the west side of the fire and burned the vegetation to make it starved of fuel and prevented the flames from entering the evacuated Pollock Pines community. Fire officials said that on the northeast side, workers were protecting huts in densely forested areas.

As of Saturday, the Kaldor fire has swallowed approximately 130 square miles of land, and more than 1,500 firefighters have fought against the heavy timber and rugged terrain.

The fire was one of more than a dozen large California wildfires that scorched Northern California. At least 700 houses were destroyed in the Greenville and Grizzly Apartments and surrounding areas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The fire mainly occurred in the northern part of the state and has burned nearly 1.5 million acres (approximately 2,300 square miles) of land, with smoke reaching as far as the east coast. They burn in grasslands, bushes, and forests that have been exceptionally dry due to two years of drought.

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In communities hidden in scenic forests, thousands of houses are still under threat and thousands of people are still under evacuation orders.

Due to fire threats, nine national forests in the area have been closed.

In the northwestern part of the Caldor Fire, the huge Dixie Fire continued to expand, and new evacuation orders were ordered to include the small village of Taylorsville. In five weeks, the fire about 175 miles northeast of San Francisco had become the second largest fire in the state’s history and burned down an area twice the size of Los Angeles.

Dixie Fire
Dixie Fire
On August 17, 2021, the Dixie fire burned on a mountain near Milford, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The weather forecast requires that the storm system will bring wind but little rainfall in Northern California early next week. This is followed by an increase in the risk of fire. There have been dozens of outbreaks in recent days, but they were quickly extinguished.

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Cache Fire is an exception. This is a small but fast-moving grass fire that burned at least 56 houses and almost destroyed a mobile home park.

Some people who were forced to flee the flames had to leave their pets behind.

Emily Crum, an animal control officer at the North Bay Animal Service, was taken aback when looking for abandoned pets in the Clearlake area.

She found a black dog in the burnt area.

“I saw her lying there. I thought she was dead,” Krum said. “Then she started wagging her tail.”

Krum said that despite being tied to a boat trailer, the idiot named Sami was not injured.

Cats, goats and chickens were also rescued.

According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, as of Friday, California is one of a dozen mainly Western states, with 99 fires burning.

Fires intensified throughout the western region, resulting in an almost year-round season, causing firefighters to pay a heavy price. US Forest Service Deputy Regional Forester Anthony Scardina (Anthony Scardina) said that the past fire patterns would migrate seasonally from the Southwest to the Rocky Mountains, then to the Pacific Northwest, then California, which makes Firefighters can move from one place to another.

“But the problem is that all these seasons are beginning to overlap,” Scardina said.

Associated Press


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

New round of strong winds fuels northern California wildfires
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