As another heat wave hit the western United States this weekend, firefighters fought a raging wildfire in Northern California under scorching temperatures, prompting the inland and desert areas to issue overheating warnings.
Death Valley National Park in California is located about 177 kilometers (110 miles) west of neighboring Las Vegas, Nevada. The temperature reached 54 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday and is expected to reach the same temperature on Saturday.
If confirmed, the temperature reading will be the highest temperature recorded since July 1913, when the same furnace river desert area reached 57 degrees Celsius (134 degrees Fahrenheit), which is considered the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth.
The Bakerworth Complex-two lightning fires burned 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of Lake Tahoe-after doubling in size between Friday and Saturday, it moved from the Sierra Nevada forest area to The rate of spread in the northeast shows no signs of slowing down.
The local newspaper “Mercury News” reported that about 1,300 people were deployed on Saturday to prevent the flames from spreading to densely populated areas near the fire, and some evacuations have been ordered.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Center said on Twitter on Friday morning that “record-breaking high temperatures” are expected to affect “large parts of the West and Southwest” over the weekend.
“There are currently more than 31 million people under overheating warnings or high temperature warnings. Three-digit high temperatures may threaten Las Vegas’s record high temperature of 117 degrees Fahrenheit,” the center said.
There have been several fires in the mountains of northern California, destroying more than a dozen houses.
Although there were no confirmed reports of damage to the building, the fire prompted approximately 2,800 people to issue evacuation orders or warnings and also closed nearly 518 square kilometers (200 square miles) of Plumas National Forest.
A few weeks after the fire Northwestern United States At the end of last month, the temperature on the west coast of Canada hit a record high, which prompted the authorities of both countries to open cooling centers and urge residents to keep cool indoors.
This weekend, record-breaking high temperatures will affect most of the west and southwest. More than 31 million people are currently under overheating warning or high temperature warning. Three-digit high temperatures may threaten Las Vegas’s record high temperature at 117F. pic.twitter.com/vP4NXEeKGh
— NWS Weather Forecast Center (@NWSWPC) July 9, 2021
Heat wave contributed to Hundreds died Officials said that only in British Columbia.
Experts say that climate change is fueling more extreme weather events, such as wildfires and heat waves-some have urged US President Joe Biden to adopt an ambitious long-term strategy. Reduce the risk of devastating wildfires.
According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), after the hottest June on record in 127, weekend temperatures on the west coast of the United States may hit a record.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, eight states recorded the hottest June this year on record, while six other states recorded the second hottest.
Fire Information Officer Lisa Cox said that back in California, the hot rising air on Friday formed a huge smog-like volcanic cumulus cloud that reached thousands of feet and produced its own lightning.
Cox said the on-site fire caused by embers jumped 1.6 kilometers in front of the northeast wing-firefighters were unable to fight safely-and the wind gathered the fire into dry fuel-filled draws and canyons, where “it could actually speed up Speed”, Cox said.
Cox said that firefighters usually use cool, humid nights to extinguish fires, but the high temperature and low humidity never stop.
She added that the air was very dry, and some of the water dropped by the plane evaporated before it reached the ground. “We expect more of the same things to happen the day after tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow,” Cox said.
The weather forecast center of NWS also Say On Saturday, even if the temperature did not break records, “general, oppressive and persistent high temperatures are still a threat.”