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A team of firefighters from the US Forest Service supervised the fire while battling to save homes in the campfire.Read more
San Francisco: An unwanted change in weather with high winds, temperatures and Lightning Who is at risk of spark New wildfire Sunday was approaching in Northern California, where firefighters battled three huge “campuses” of fire that destroyed hundreds of homes and forced tens of thousands to flee.
The firefighters made slow but predictable progress in dealing with the blasts on Saturday, due to the good weather, but for some days the foggy skies of the water dropping planes were obstructed. To reinforce the reinforced crew, and evacuation orders were lifted in some areas.
But the changing weather predicted a new fire overnight and state and local authorities warned residents in threatened areas to prepare to flee at any moment.
Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore said, “There is not a sense of pure optimism, but a sense of resolve, the resources we have to support us.”
Since August 15, state fire officials said more than 12,000 lightning strikes across the state have ignited more than 500 wildlife. Among them, about two dozen major fires were attracting most of the state’s resources. Most of the damage was caused by three groups of fire “campuses” that ravaged the forest and countryside and surrounding areas San Francisco Bay Area. They have burned 1,120 square miles (2,900 sq km).
Casualties were California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods, and ancient redwood trees at the park’s headquarters and campgrounds. The smoke from the fire made the area’s air quality dangerous, forcing people to stay inside.
In total, the fire has killed five people, burned nearly 700 homes and other structures and forced thousands more from their homes.
“When I went to bed Tuesday night I had a beautiful house on a beautiful farm,” said Hank Hanson, 81, of Wakeville. “As of Wednesday night, I have nothing but a pile of ashes.” The changing weather brought good news for some communities, including Boulder Creek, an old logging community of about 5,000 people in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Fire officials said they expected the explosion to reach the community, but they took advantage of the recent good weather to try the flames around the city.
The storms that were predicted on Sunday were expected to aid in those efforts by changing the wind direction.
“As bad as the weather forecast is overall for parts of this fire, it’s really going to help take us away from those few communities,” Chief Mark Branton, California Department of Forest and Fire Protection A battalion chief, said. State’s fire agency.
Reacting to the emergency, President Donald Trump on Saturday issued a major disaster declaration to provide federal aid. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that the announcement would help people in the county affected by the fire with crisis counseling, housing and other social services.
Fire officials, meanwhile, struggled to obtain enough resources to fight the two largest clusters of fires around San francisco The Bay Area in size became the second largest and third largest fire in the state’s history.
Only 1,400 firefighters were assigned to fight the blaze, a blaze in the Vine Country of California north of San Francisco Bay. By comparison, the state had 5,000 firefighters assigned to the Mendocino Complex in 2018, which still holds the record as the largest fire in the state’s history – for now.
“All of our resources are stretched to capacity we haven’t seen in recent history,” said Shana Jones, head of the Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit of Calfire.
Underlining the fire hazard for firefighters, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office released a dramatic video Friday night of helicopter rescue of two firefighters stranded on a ridge line at Point Reyes National Seahore. They were hoisted to safety due to the flames.
“If it hadn’t been for that helicopter, those firefighters would surely have died out,” Sonoma County Sheriff Mark essick said.
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