Fresno, California. – Helicopter rescue operations were underway near Fresno and California’s largest utility was cutting off electricity to more than 170,000 customers Tuesday due to intense heat, dry conditions and strong winds fueling. historic historic wildfire In the Pacific Northwest.
Nearly 1,000 fires have erupted in the state since August 15, with many people struck by lightning. California has already set a monstrous record with even more 2 million acres were burned to the ground This year – the fire season has a few weeks left in the heart.
Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures also sparked wildfires in O Reagan and Washington state of Washington. About 250,000 homes and businesses were powerless in both states, and Malden, a small town in Whitman County, Washington, was devastated by the blaze.
Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said in a statement that the extent of the tragedy could not really be expressed in words. “The fire will be contained but one community has changed in a lifetime.”
“We are still seeing the start of new fires in every corner of the state,” tweeted Hillary Franz, commissioner of public lands in Washington.
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In Central California, the fast-growing creek fire lasted about 212 square miles and remained at 0%. Fire officials have not even begun to assess the constructions lost in the forest fire, but they know it is extensive, they said.
“The fire has already hit us hard,” said Dean Gold, Sierra’s national forest supervisor. “I go to the forest workers. Personally, the houses are damaged.”
More than Initially 60 hikers and campers were unable to evacuate Lake Addison and China Peak. Ga smoke areas due to smoking. Lieutenant of Fresno County. Brandon Purcell said the trapped people were safe but “could not get out due to roadblocks.”
Later, KMPH-TV reported that military helicopters had evacuated more than 50 people. The attempt was ongoing, but National Guard officials told the TV station that at least five people refused to board the helicopter.
In Southern California, Crew Angels put out a number of wildfires in the National Forest, shutting down mountaineering and forcing the evacuation of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. The Los Angeles County Fire Department told residents of Duarte, Bradbury and Monrovia, near the forest, to be prepared for a possible evacuation.
In San Bernardino County, Cal Fire said the El Dorado fire, which started Saturday morning, was caused by a smoke-producing pyrotechnic device that was used. The couple to reveal the gender of their child. Officials said the couple is cooperating with investigators and no decision has been made on the criminal charges.
During a virtual community meeting Monday night, fire and emergency managers said the fire had spread to about 15 square miles and contained only 7%.
In eastern San Diego County, a fire near a remote alpine community in the Cleveland National Forest burned 16 square miles and destroyed at least 10 structures.
Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves Central and Northern California, said it is working to limit the number of customers facing blackouts. Parts of 22 counties and seven tribal communities are facing some “de-energization”, the utility said.
Sparks emanating from utility lines have been blamed for massive fires that have caused countless deaths and billions of dollars in collapsed homes and industries. The company has also been criticized for prolonged power cutoffs to curb the risk of additional fires.
The National Weather Service has placed 1.5 million customers in its service area under red flag warning conditions for wildfires, the utility said.
“We have been able to limit public safety de-energization to less than 12% of those customers,” the utility said in a statement.
The news of lightning to the south was a little good. Southern California Addis tweeted that “the third straight day of #ArticleConservation has been paid for the non-arrival of any USO-ordered electricity during the #LegardY2020 #heatwave. We truly appreciate your energy use.”
Malden, a city of about 200 people 30 miles south of Spokane, was hit by multiple blazes from 45-mile winds. Sheriff Myers said the biggest started Monday afternoon and ran into smaller downtown. He said the fire station, post office fees, city hall / library complex and other prominent buildings were “completely burnt to the ground.” He estimated that 80% of the houses and constructions in Malden were destroyed.
Authorities were working on a plan to take inventory of the damage and give an account to residents living in the houses or communities affected by the firestorms.
“I just hope we don’t find more fires than houses and buildings.” “I pray that everyone gets out on time.”
Reg in ReaganEric Johnson, deputy fire staff at Northwest Oregon Fire Management, warned that forest fire weather forecasts are “extremely rare and occur only a few times in a century.” About 140,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.
The evacuation was ordered for some communities in Marian County, located in the state capital, Salem. The Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 – “Go” – notice to residents of communities in Gates, Mill City, Detroit, Idna, Mehma and North Fork corridors. Residents were urged to leave the area immediately.
Sheriff Joe Cast said in a statement that “there is an imminent danger to anyone who chooses to live in an evacuated area due to heavy fire activity in the area.” “Our representatives are committed to helping keep our community safe. However, conditions have become very dangerous for them to continue their migration efforts to existing locations.”
Mill Ferris, a Mill City resident, said he was able to vacate his home around 2 p.m.
“As soon as we reached the edge of the city we saw houses and trees burning on both sides of the road.”
Residents of Holiday Farm RV Park in the Blue River were evicted in Lane County, which includes the city of Eugene.
“The risk in your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately,” said a news release from Lane County. “If you choose to ignore this advice, you should understand that emergency services will not be available to help you further. Do not delay in collecting any goods or making efforts to protect your home.”
Contributed by Bacon McLean, WA: Contributing: Cheyenne N. Romaro and David Rodriguez, Vizalia Times-Delta; Zachnness and David Davis, Salem Statesman Journal; Associated Press
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