Strong winds have complicated the fight between American firefighters and the Dixie Fire in California by less than one-third.
Firefighters in the United States are facing dangerous windy weather as they work to prevent the nation’s largest wildfire from spreading to northern California cities and other small mountain communities.
Forecasters issued red flag warnings of critical fire conditions on Tuesday, including gusts of up to 64 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour) from early morning to midnight.
The warning was issued after the Dixie fire exploded due to wind from the new weather system that arrived on Monday afternoon.
Fire spokesperson Doug Ulibarri said that early on Tuesday, the fire was about 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Susanville and there were about 18,000 people in Susanville.
The head of operations, Mark Brunton, said that the area has invested a lot of resources to warn residents to prepare to evacuate.
He said at an online briefing: “This is not over. The next 24 hours will be crucial to observe what happens to the fire there.”
In the east, a fire broke out south of the small community of Janesville, which has been ordered to evacuate. Brenton said that some buildings were lost there-images taken by the Associated Press showed a house destroyed by flames-but a large number of firefighters were able to put out the fire in most of the town.
Ulibarri said the fire manager warned that an on-site fire is expected to occur 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) before the main fire.
The Dixie Fire is the largest of nearly 100 major wildfires in more than a dozen states in the western United States. These states have experienced historic droughts and weeks of high temperature and dry weather, causing trees, bushes, and grasslands to be as easy as fire. Burn.
According to scientists, climate change has made the region warmer and drier over the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more destructive.
Susanville is home to Lassen County and the largest city it has approached since the Dixie Fire erupted last month. The fire is named after the road where it originated. The former logging and mining town in the Sierra Nevada has two state prisons, a nearby federal prison and a casino.
Volcanic ash fell from the fire, and a police department statement urged residents to “be vigilant and be prepared to evacuate” if the fire threatens the city, although no formal evacuation warning has been issued.
The weather forecast prompted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to issue a warning that it might cut off electricity to 48,000 customers in parts of California’s 18 counties from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon to prevent winds from blowing down or blowing debris in Wires and spark new wildfires.
Since it ignited on July 13, the Dixie Fire has burned more than 2,434 square kilometers (940 square miles) in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range, and eventually merged with a small fire called “Fire of Flies.” Less than a third of the fire was under control.
The investigation is continuing, but PG&E has notified the utility regulator that the Dixie and Fly fires may have been caused by trees falling into power lines.
The Dixie fire started near the town of Paradise, which was destroyed by wildfires ignited by PG&E equipment during strong winds in 2018. Eighty-five people died.
The ongoing damage investigation estimates that more than 1,100 buildings have been destroyed, including 630 houses, and more than 16,000 buildings are still under threat.
Many evacuation orders are in effect, including in the timber town of Westwood. The protection line is fixed, but the fire is still a threat.
The US Forest Service said last week that it is operating in crisis mode, with more than twice the number of firefighters deployed in the same period a year ago. More than 25,000 firefighters, support staff, and management teams were assigned to the fires in the United States.