Wildfires raging, extreme high temperature forecast prompts evacuation in Northern California
The flames threatening campgrounds and cabins prompted the evacuation and closure of large tracts of forests in Northern California as the state will enter another weekend of dry, hot weather and persistent threats to wildfires.
Hundreds of firefighters fought the Bakerworth Building with the help of planes. Two fires caused by lightning are spreading on the eastern edge of the million-acre Plumas National Forest in the northern Sierra Nevada near northern Nevada.
Fire Information Officer Pandora Valle said that on Friday, campgrounds and houses around Frenchman Lake received an evacuation order, and nearly 518 square kilometers of forest was closed due to danger.
After an explosive growth day and night, the fire on Friday morning covered more than 98 square kilometers, causing the control rate to drop to 11%.
Valle said the flames burned in pine trees, firs and bushes and became extremely dry at low humidity and high temperatures, while ridge top winds and afternoon gusts of up to 56 km/h sometimes “really pushed” the flames.
This fire is one of many fires in the north, and several other fires have destroyed dozens of houses in recent days.
In the area between the Oregon border and the northern end of the Central Valley, lava and Tennant fires have been significantly controlled, and progress has been reported in salt fires, increasing the control rate to 45%.
The salt fire destroyed 27 houses and 14 outbuildings north of Reading, reaching 37.7 degrees Celsius by 11 am. The lava fire destroyed 20 buildings, including 13 houses, and damaged two buildings. The Tennant fire destroyed five buildings, including two houses.
In north-central Arizona, increased humidity slowed a fire that threatened the rural community of Crown King. 29% of fires caused by lightning in 63.5 square kilometers in Yavapai County have been contained. The recent rains caused five national forest and state land managers to lift the closure of public passages.
According to The Statesman’s Magazine, wildfires burning near Klamath Falls in southern Oregon more than doubled overnight. Officials said that as of Friday morning, the fire had covered 155 square kilometers.
In Idaho, Governor Brad Little declared a state of wildfire emergency in the state on Friday and mobilized the Idaho National Guard to help fight thunderstorms that swept through dry areas. Fires in the state.
Firefighters in north-central Idaho faced extreme fire conditions and gusts as they fought two wildfires that threatened their homes in Dixie, a small remote community about 64 kilometers southeast of Grangeville, and forced them to evacuate.
Fire management personnel said that the complexity of the work was partly due to the shortage of fire-fighting resources and partly because the terrain in the area was very challenging, and the trees and plants dried up due to the continuous drought.
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The fires near Dixie cover a total area of ??50.5 square kilometers and are one of several fires that started after a lightning storm swept the area earlier this week.
At the same time, forecasters warned that most areas of California will experience dangerously hot weekend weather, and that the central valley, mountains, deserts, and other inland areas may experience high temperatures as the state’s high pressure is strengthening. The high temperature warning does not include the main coastal population.
The National Weather Service said that the temperature in Death Valley could reach an astonishing 54 degrees Celsius.
California’s grid operator issued a statewide flexible alert from 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday to avoid interruptions and rotating power outages.
The Flex alert calls on consumers to voluntarily save electricity by reducing their use of electrical appliances and keeping the thermostat at a high level during the evening hours when solar energy is reduced or no longer available.