New wildfire out of control in Northern California

New wildfire out of control in Northern California

At least two victims had to be taken to hospital by helicopter after that fire, dubbed Caldor Fire, devastated a small town about 80 km from Sacramento in the north

Thanks to severe drought and persistent winds, thousands of residents have been preparing to flee the advancing flames that have engulfed the El Dorado National Forest since August 14. “Please, please listen to the warnings, and when you are asked to evacuate, go!” California Fire Chief Thom Porter also asked, according to the Sacramento B.

“We want you not to be on our paws so you can protect your homes from these fires,” he insisted. The blaze increased eightfold in 24 hours and was never contained on Wednesday morning, according to the latest report from the firefighters.

Air Quality Alert

Pictures taken by an AFP photographer see the flames engulfing trees along the road as firefighters try to halt their advance. It’s too late for the small town of Janesville, which is lined with charred car wrecks.

Thick fumes from multiple wildfires have alarmed air quality for San Francisco area residents, while PG&E Energy was forced to cut power to nearly 50,000 customers on Tuesday. The operator, who was blamed for the Dixie Fire, explained that the measure was intended to prevent power lines from causing new fires if they fell on dry plants such as straw.

The number and intensity of wildfires has increased in recent years in the western United States, with a marked extension of the fire season.

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According to experts, this phenomenon is especially associated with global warming: an increase in temperature, an increase in heat waves and a decrease in precipitation in places form an ideal incendiary combination.

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