Western wildfires: California blaze crosses into Nevada – News Vibe24

    Western wildfires: California blaze crosses into Nevada - Times of India
    GARDNERVILLE, Nev .: A fire in Northern California spread to Nevada, causing new evacuations, but the weather helped crews fight the nation’s largest fire in southern Oregon.
    The Tamarack fire south of Lake Tahoe had burned more than 68 square miles (176 square kilometers) of timber and head to national forest land. It broke out on July 4 and was one of almost twelve fires caused by lightning.
    More than 1,200 firefighters battled the Alpine County fire, which destroyed at least 10 buildings, forced evacuations in many communities and closed 395 U.S. units in Nevada and California. Firefighters expected active or extreme fire behavior on Thursday, which could see 14-mph winds and temperatures approaching 90 degrees.
    A voluntary evacuation request was also issued for parts of Douglas County, Nevada. An evacuation center was set up at a community center in Gardnerville, Nevada.
    Evacuee Morgana-Le-Fae Veatch said she had already boxed most of her belongings because she started community college next week, but her parents lost their home to a fire in 1987.
    “They really liked it,” he said.
    Oregon, meanwhile, on Wednesday banned all fires on state territory and at state camps east of Interstate 5, the main highway commonly considered the dividing line between the wet western part of the state and the dry eastern half.
    The nation’s largest fire, the Oregon Bootleg Fire, rose to 618 square miles (1,601 square kilometers) – just over half the size of Rhode Island.
    However, authorities said lower winds and temperatures allowed crews to improve fire lines. The fire was also approaching an area that had been burned by a previous fire on its active southeast side, raising hopes that fuel shortages could reduce its spread.
    The Oregon fire, which was triggered by lightning, has devastated the sparsely populated southern part of the state and extended to 4 miles (6 kilometers) a day, driven by strong winds and extremely dry weather that turned the trees and growth a neckline. .
    Fire crews had to retreat from the flames for 10 consecutive days as fireballs fell from top to bottom, trees exploded, coals were thrown in front of the fire to start new fires and, in some cases, the heat of hell. creates its own changing weather and dry lightning. Monstrous clouds of smoke and ash have risen up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) in the sky and are visible for more than 100 miles (161 kilometers).
    The fire, which is being fought by more than 2,200 people, is limited to one-third.
    At least 2,000 homes were ordered to be evacuated at some point during the fire and another 5,000 were threatened. At least 70 houses and more than 100 buildings have been burnt down, but no one is known to have died.
    Extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves associated with climate change have made fires more difficult to combat. Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the last 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and fires more frequent and devastating.

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