PanaTimes

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023

High temperatures drive California fires, but heatwave receding

High temperatures drive California fires, but heatwave receding

Firefighters are struggling to contain numerous blazes amid scorching temperatures that are expected to drop over the weekend.

A number of wildfires have broken out in California as the US state is battered by a brutal heatwave, with extreme temperatures straining the power grid and raising the risk of wildfire activity.

Firefighters across the state struggled on Thursday to contain several notable wildfires that have forced evacuations.

The Fairview Fire in southern California has covered more than 78sq km (30sq miles) since breaking out on Monday, and is only 5 percent contained.

To the north, the Mosquito Fire scorched nearly 23sq km (9sq miles) and forced residents to evacuate in Placer and El Dorado counties. That blaze, which broke out on Tuesday, has scorched about 2,750 hectares (6,800 acres)of land, and is 0 percent contained.

“As you’ve seen with the smoke column coming up, this fire continues to give us a hard time,” Cal Fire Division Chief Mike Rufenacht said in a briefing.


The fires come on the heels of a heatwave that has baked the state for the last week, threatening residents and bringing the possibility of power outages. With the high temperatures comes a greater risk of wildfire, with overgrown forests and prolonged drought providing loads of fuel for the flames.

“Today the Mosquito Fire showed extreme fire behavior,” Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, said in an update. “The weather in the fire area will continue to be extremely hot and dry overnight and into tomorrow.”

The heatwave is expected to abate this weekend, at least in southern California, as the remnants of a hurricane bring rain to the parched state.

The Fairview Fire erupted on Monday amid extreme heat and spread swiftly, killing two people who were found in a vehicle and severely burning another person, while destroying seven structures and damaging more. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Mosquito Fire has burned several structures and at least 10 cars near the community of Michigan Bluff, about an hour northwest of Sacramento, the state’s capital. Sacramento broke its all-time temperature record this week, reaching 46.6C (115.9F).




Authorities in California have called on residents to reduce their energy use to ease the strain on the state’s power grid, which hit record demand levels earlier this week.

Residents have turned up air conditioning systems to help cope with brutal heat in a state known for its relatively temperate climate.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the grid operator for most of the state, has said that residents’ conservation efforts have been vital to helping the grid avoid outages.

Comments

Anna 152 days ago
California refuses to do forest management so they get what they deserve.

Newsletter

Related Articles

PanaTimes
Close
0:00
0:00
2 earthquakes in Turkey killed over 2,300 people
U.S. added 517,000 jobs in January, snapping five-month string of slowing employment growth
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria, Killing More Than 1,300 People.
Turkish photographer Ugur Gallenkus portrays two different worlds within a single image. Brilliant work
Tennessee Bill Would Imprison People for 3 Years If They 'Lie' About Rape to Get an Abortion.
Charlie Munger, calls for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, following China's lead
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will block Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
×