California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West – News Vibe24

    California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West - Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Firefighters tried to contain a Northern California wildfire under scorching temperatures as another heat wave swept across the West, causing excessive heat warning for indoor and desert areas.
    The Death Valley in southeastern California’s Mojave Desert reached 128 degrees Fahrenheit (53 degrees Celsius) on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service at Furnace Creek. The shockingly high temperature was actually lower than the day before, when the site reached 130 F (54 C).
    If confirmed as accurate, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when the Furnace Creek Desert reached 1.34 F (57 C), considered the highest measured temperature in the world. Earth.
    About 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of the desert, California’s largest wildfire of the year raged along the Nevada border. The Beckwourth Complex – a combination of two lightning-fast fires 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Lake Tahoe – showed no sign of slowing its rush northeast through the Sierra Nevada forest area. between Friday and Saturday.
    Late Saturday, flames engulfed Interstate 395, threatening property in Nevada’s Washoe County. “Take immediate action to protect large animals and animals,” The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District tweeted.
    The fire, which contained only 8%, increased dramatically to 86 square miles (222 square kilometers) as firefighters reached temperatures of 100 degrees.
    It was one of many threatening homes in the western states expected to see triple-digit heat over the weekend as a high-pressure zone covered the area.
    Blowed by strong winds, a fire in southern Oregon doubled to 120 square miles (311 square kilometers) on Saturday as it ran from heavy timber in the Fremont-Winema National Park near the town of Klamath County on the River Sprague.
    The National Weather Service warned that dangerous conditions could cause heat-related illnesses, and the California Electricity Authority issued the Flex Alert at the state level from 4pm to 9pm on Saturday to avoid power outages and power outages.
    The California Independent System Operator has warned of a possible power outage, not only because of rising heat, but also because a fire in southern Oregon has threatened transmission lines carrying imported energy to California.
    Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency announcement on Friday suspending rules allowing more power capacity, and ISO called for emergency assistance from other states. On Saturday, Newsom issued another proclamation allowing the urgent use of auxiliary ship engines to relieve pressure on the power grid.
    Palm Springs in Southern California hit a record high of 120 F (49 C) on Saturday. It was the fourth time temperatures have reached 120 degrees so far this year, the Desert Sun reported.
    In rural Central California, temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius covered the area, with Fresno reaching 111 degrees F (44 C), just one degree below the all-time high for the date.
    Las Vegas set an all-time record of 117 F (47 C) late Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. The city has recorded this high temperature four more times, most recently in June 2017.
    NV Energy, Nevada’s largest electricity supplier, also urged customers to save electricity on Saturday and Sunday nights because of heat waves and fires affecting transmission lines across the area.
    In Southern California, a fire triggered by a large burning platform in eastern San Diego forced the evacuation of two Native American detentions on Saturday.
    In north-central Arizona, Yavapai County late on Saturday issued an evacuation warning for Black Canyon City, a non-corporate city 43 miles (66 kilometers) north of Phoenix, following a fire in nearby mountains that was no longer a threat.
    A fire in southeastern Washington has grown to about 60 square miles (155 square kilometers) as it blackens grass and timber while moving into the Umatilla National Forest.
    In Idaho, Gov. Brad Litt declared a state of emergency on Friday and mobilized the state National Guard to help fight wildfires after lightning strikes across the drought-stricken area.


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