Northern California Wildfire
An intense wildfire has been blazing across Northern California for up to one month. This catastrophic fire has destroyed up to 550 homes.
According to fire officials, the Northern California Wildfire is one of the most historic and destructive wildfires in history. Hundreds and thousands of residents remain evacuated after this disastrous wildfire.
Fanned by strong winds and arid conditions, the Northern California Wildfire doubled in size and intensity within one night. In addition, the wildfire blazing across El Dorado County has destroyed an estimated 53,000 acres and is nowhere near being contained. It also destroyed a nearby community of Grizzly Flats present 65 miles east of Sacramento.
At the same time, the Dixie Fire tore down across the Sierra Nevada Mountains located 160 miles northeast of Sacramento on July 14. It is also 2nd largest wildfire in state history. Unfortunately, Crews contained only 30% of this disastrous fire.
Professionals forecasted disastrous fire weather across Northern California between Tuesday and Wednesday. These critically dangerous blazes threatened to intensify various larger fires and increased the risk of starting new ones. During this time, a wildfire rapidly ravaged a rural town present in the Sierra Nevada.
At the same time, the Caldor fire started during the weekend and intensified on Tuesday, wrecking a majority of buildings. It also triggered an evacuation, which resulted in 2 injuries. According to the California forestry and fire protection department, the catastrophic blaze destroyed up to 30,000 acres. Here’s a closer look at the Northern California Wildfire:
104 Large Fires are Burning in the U.S.
As per the National Interagency Fire Center reports, over 104 massive wildfires erupted across the U.S. Most of these wildfires are present across the Westside of the U.S., where drought conditions and dry weather are fueling catastrophic wildfires.
On Tuesday, the NIFC stated that just about every ongoing fire was active across North Ops, Northwest, and Northern Rockies. Many of the fires are showing rapid and significant growth because of critical fire conditions. New large fires have emerged in north-central/eastern Montana and eastern Washington too.
Wildfire across the West
The Dixie fire is only one of the 140 wildfires blazing across the Western U.S. states suffering from drought, dry weather, and severe high temperatures. In addition, in the past 30 years, the climate crisis has caused the weather to become warmer and drier. It is likely to make wildfires increasingly destructive and disastrous.
In Nevada, school administrators delayed start times in the Reno-Sparks area to protect citizens from the wildfire smoke. Apart from that, northern Nevada is engulfed in smoke from the Caldor fires.
Additionally, 50 different fires were blazing across Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and two dozen fires across Montana. Another rapidly spreading fire is the Ford Corkscrew Fire tearing across the northwest of Spokane, Washington.
The Bottom Line
California tends to experience peak fire season at the end of the year. This year, the disastrous wildfires are likely to burn more acres than the previous.
California’s five largest wildfires have occurred in the last three years. As a result, more than 2.5 million acres and 3,700 structures burned down. The Dixie Fire is the second-largest fire, second only to the August Complex.