Beckwourth, California (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California that exploded through dry wood prompted Nevada officials to evacuate border communities as flames bounced on nearby mountain ridges.
The Beckwaus complex (a merger of two lightning fires) headed for Saturday, with no signs of delaying its northeastern rush from the Sierra Nevada forest area after doubling in size just a few days ago.
The fire was one of several threatening homes throughout the western state, where high pressures cover the area and triple-digit heat is expected throughout the weekend.
On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded an astonishing height of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius). When verified, it is the hottest and most reliable measurement temperature ever recorded in the same Furnace Creek desert region since July 1913, when it reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.6 degrees Celsius). It is considered.
Several major fires have already struck the mountainous regions of northern California, destroying more than 12 homes. There are no confirmed reports of damage to the building, but the fire issued evacuation orders or warnings in hundreds of California homes and several campgrounds, covering approximately 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) of Pramas National Forest. It was closed.
On Friday, the summit of the ridge reached 20 mph (32.2 kph), which, coupled with the heat wave, set fire to dry pine, fir and chaparral. When the northeastern side of the fire raged near the border, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office asked people to evacuate some areas of the rural communities of Ranch Haven and Flanagan Flats north of Reno.
“Please evacuate now,” said a tweet from the sheriff’s office.
Fire intelligence officer Lisa Cox said on Friday evening that the rising air formed a huge, smoky cumulus cloud that reached a height of thousands of feet and generated its own lightning. It was.
The spot fire caused by the embers bounced up to a mile (1.6 km) forward from the northeastern flank. It was too far for firefighters to fight safely, and the wind blew fire into a canyon full of dry fuel. “Cox said.
Nearly 1,000 firefighters were assisted by the aircraft, but the heat and low humidity that dried the vegetation predicted that the flames would continue to move forward. The air was so dry that some of the water dropped by the aircraft evaporated before reaching the ground, Cox said.
“We expect more of the same thing the next day, the next day, the next day,” Cox said.
The flame, which contained only 11%, was officially blackened by more than 38 square miles (98 square kilometers), but if fire authorities could make better observations, that number would increase dramatically. It was expected.
Meanwhile, other fires were burning in Oregon, Arizona, and Idaho.
In Oregon, a wildfire in Klamath County expanded from about 26 square miles (67 square kilometers) on Thursday to about 61 square miles (158 square kilometers) on Friday in the Freemont-Winema National Forest and private land, pushed by strong winds. .. Evacuation orders have been issued to people in certain areas north of Beatty, near Spray River.
The fire threatened power lines that power California. This, along with expected heat-related demand, urged California Governor Gavin Newsom to issue an urgent declaration on Friday to suspend some rules to allow more power capacity. ..
The state power grid operator also issued a state-wide Flex Alert on Saturdays from 4 pm to 9 pm to reduce the use of appliances during the evening hours when solar energy was low or unavailable. By keeping the thermostat high, we encouraged consumers to voluntarily save electricity.
In north-central Arizona, rising humidity slowed down large wildfires and threatened the rural communities of Crown King. A 24.5 square mile (63.5 square kilometer) lightning fire in Yavapai County was 29% contained. Recent rains have allowed five national forest and state land managers to lift public access closures.
In Idaho, Governor Brad Little declared a wildfire emergency on Friday and mobilized National Guard to help fight the fire that broke out after a thunderstorm struck a drought-stricken area.
Fire brigades in north-central Idaho faced extreme conditions and gusts when they fought two wildfires covering a total of 19.5 square miles (50.5 square kilometers). The flames threatened homes and forced them to evacuate in Dixie’s small remote community, about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Grangeville.