US Caldor Fire in Northern California grows, forcing thousands to evacuate
'Down to nothing' - dry, heavy winds stoke growing California wildfires
'Down to nothing' - dry, heavy winds stoke growing California wildfiresGRIZZLY FLATS, Calif. (Reuters) -An incendiary mix of strong, shifting winds and drought-parched vegetation stoked two of California's largest wildfires on Wednesday, with thousands of people chased from their foothill and forest homes in the Sierra Nevada range.
Thousands of residents remain evacuated after a destructive Northern California wildfire nearly doubled in size overnight, fed by wind and dry conditions, officials said Wednesday.
The blaze burning in El Dorado County, has charred more than 53,000 acres and is 0% contained, Cal Fire said.
"The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented fire behavior and growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the south west winds,"in an update. "A red flag warning is still in effect for the fire area through 8:00 PM tonight with winds switching to the northeast. These winds, combined with low humidity and extremely dry fuels,(led) to critical fire weather conditions."
Family Uses Home Camera to Thank Firefighters Protecting Cabin from Caldor Fire
The fire has burned more than 212,000 acres since it began last month, according to CAL Fire data updated Friday morning.Maureen Nandini Mitra spoke with the Sacramento-based news station KXTV earlier this week to discuss how she has been keeping tabs on the cabin from afar. Nandini Mitra told the station she lives in Berkeley but visits the cabin in Kirkwood, a small town south of Lake Tahoe, with family.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesdayfor El Dorado County due to the fire, which has devastated the community of Grizzly Flats, located about 65 miles east of Sacramento.
Many structures have been destroyed and many others are threatened, officials said. The fire burned at least one elementary school in the Pioneer Union School District, one community church, and one post office, Cal Fire officials said.
Two people were airlifted to hospitals after getting seriously injured in the area, Cal Fire said. One person approached firefighters, who tried conducting first aid before the person was taken to a hospital. Another person suffered "severe" injuries.
Overall, about 6,850 people are evacuated, according to the office of.
Man With Violin Serenades Traffic Jam of Wildfire Evacuees in Video Viewed 30K Times
"I couldn't just sit there and waste time," explained Mel Smothers. The 74-year-old played the "Tennessee Waltz" on a 170-year-old violin.Thousands fled the region, resulting in intense gridlock on the sole route out of the area. Local resident Mel Smothers, however, decided to make the best of the unfortunate situation: in order to pass the hours of standstill traffic, he broke out his violin and played for his fellow motorists. A short clip of the scene, posted to Twitter by photographer Josh Edelson, has reached 29,600 viewers. The clip can be viewed here.
The dynamic and complex fire has prevented officials from initiating damage assessment to buildings but dozens of structures were destroyed and the fire threatens nearly 6,000 others, according to officials.
The blaze started on Saturday and the cause is under investigation.
104 large fires are burning in US
Nationally, there are 104 large fires burning, mostly in the West, where drought conditions and red flag warnings continue to fuel the raging wildfires, according to the.
"As a result of the elevated to critical fire weather conditions, almost every ongoing large fire was active across North Ops, Northwest, and Northern Rockies with many of the fires exhibiting rapid and significant growth. New large fires emerged in north-central/eastern Montana and eastern Washington as well," the NIFC said Tuesday.
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"They show up at the beginning of the day quiet and reserved, and at the end of the day it’s actually hard to peel them away," the executive director said.Her husband, a municipal firefighter, urged Benavidez to pack up their three children and head to safety while he stayed behind to work 12-hour shifts. Benavidez, a teacher, tried to make the experience fun for her family. They headed south to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and visited relatives in the San Joaquin Valley.
Another fast-moving fire that is alarming officials is the Ford Corkscrew Fire burning northwest of Spokane, Washington. The fire has scorched 13,000 acres, up from 4,500 acres at 5:30 a.m. local time Monday. It started around 1:45 p.m. local time on Sunday, according to the fire district's updates posted on their.
"For most of the summer, our fires have been dry-fuel driven and topography induced spreads. Now that the fuels are so dry, our main concerns for the rest of the summer and fall are the windier conditions that come with those seasonal changes," the post said.
In Utah, the Parleys Canyon Fire was 40% contained, officials said, prompting the lifting of evacuations orders for thousands of homes near the blaze. The fire has scorched 541 acres, officials said.
"Thanks to rain on the #ParleysCanyonFire, all residents will be allowed to return home after 8 PM!" fire officials said.
On Saturday, more than 6,000 homes in the communities of Summit Park, Pine Brook, Lambs Canyon and Mill Creek were evacuated.
Nation's largest fire continues to grow
Meanwhile, the Dixie Fire, the nation's largest, has grown in size while containment remains stagnant.
The second-largest wildfire in California history has ripped through 635,728 acres with only 33% containment. In addition, windy, red flag conditions are expected for the next several days, according to Cal Fire.
"Shifting winds continued to challenge crews as short to mid-range spotting caused continued growth," Cal Fire said.
The fire is burning across California's Plumas, Butte, Tehama, and Lassen counties and has destroyed 1,208 structures, including 645 single residences, Cal Fire said. More than 16,085 structures are still threatened by the blaze.
Three first responders have been injured fighting the fire, according to officials.
Trinity County Sheriff's Department issued mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday night for many residences in the town of Mineral in Tehama County. Several evacuation orders and warnings were also issued Tuesday in Lassen County.
Northern Calif. fire jumps from 6K to 54K acres in less than a day .
A new fire has exploded into a dynamo in Northern California, leveling towns in the area and forcing evacuations, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.The Caldor fire began several days ago, is zero percent contained and jumped from covering 6,000 to 54,000 acres of land in less than 24 hours in Lake Tahoe Tuesday night, the Chronicle reported. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the fire's rapid growth wasThe Caldor fire began several days ago, is zero percent contained and jumped from covering 6,000 to 54,000 acres of land in less than 24 hours in Lake Tahoe Tuesday night, the Chronicle reported.