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Raging Cold fire In Northern California, after a surge over the weekend, it burned over 100,000 acres and destroyed more than 500 structures.
The fire burning southwest of Lake Tahoe, supported by warm winds and drought-stricken vegetation, surged to more than 30,000 acres in two days, consuming about 106,500 acres by Monday morning.
The flame-fighting crew achieved 5% containment, helped by moderate humidity and lower night temperatures that help calm the fire on Sunday night, but authorities have achieved a shootout through steep, rugged terrain. I said it was difficult.
“These are the areas we are dealing with that suffer from the very dry drought,” said Diana Swat, spokesman for the Amador El Dorado Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Conservation. She said the understory vegetation of the forest is filled with dead leaves and a dense layer of dry leaves, branches and stumps. “Everything is ready to start. We don’t have enough water,” she said.
More than 13,500 firefighters worked to contain 12 large fires in California. Governor Gavin Newsom has demanded that Joe Biden issue a major disaster declaration to eight counties, said Mark Gilarducci, director of the California paramedics.
If approved, the Declaration will provide a wide range of assistance, including housing, food aid, unemployment and government emergency costs.
Nearly 43,000 Californians have been ordered to evacuate, and more than 500 households have been in shelters, according to Girarducci.
Many communities continue to be under threat from fast-moving flames. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire (Cal Fire), nearly 2,000 homes and other structures have already been destroyed in the state, and the number continues to grow.
Of these, 551 are counted as Caldor’s burn scars that cut through a small town quietly nestled on a forested hillside in El Dorado County.
The flames that erupted on August 14 exploded rapidly, with hundreds of firefighters and other personnel fighting to contain them early on. Officials at the time said it would be difficult to deploy sufficient resources from the beginning, as many other large fires are burning throughout the region.
“Resource depletion is definitely a factor,” Swat said, referring to the Dixie fire, which burned more than 725,800 acres north and threatened homes in five counties. Over 6,000 employees are fighting to put down the flames. The flame is currently the largest single fire recorded in California, with 40% contained.
In Nevada, public schools in the Reno and Sparks areas and parts of Lake Tahoe were closed on Monday due to wildfire smoke, affecting 67,000 students.
Drought is currently affecting Nearly half of the continental United States, According to a drought monitor in the United States.is more than 95% of California are classified as experiencing a severe drought Almost half of the conditions and states were hit by an exceptional drought, the highest classification of government agencies. The climate crisis, which has intensified dryness and increased heat waves that burn moisture out of the environment, has played a direct role in exacerbating wildfires, which are becoming increasingly difficult to contain.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, a total of 93 major fires have already occurred in 13 states, burning more than 2.5 million acres and more than 26,000 people working to contain the fires.
“Currently, there are fire problems throughout the western United States,” Swat added. “When we can, we will get resources from outside the state, but they are also working on their fires.”