Officials announced Sunday that firefighters died of illness while working on one of California’s largest wildfires. Get out of there. The California Department of Forestry & Fire’s Edwin Zuniga said he couldn’t share any other information regarding the deceased.
The Dixie fire, which started in mid-July in Nevada’s northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, is the state’s second-largest wildfire ever recorded. Cal Fire burnt 1,400 square miles (3,625 square kilometers) in five counties and three national parks and forests, according to Cal Fire.
Following the destruction of around 1,300 homes and other structures, 56 percent of firefighters fought the contained flames, injuring three firefighters.
3,800 firemen from multiple agencies battled the blaze. Due to the light breezes and increased humidity over the past two days, the team attempted to encircle the fire, according to fire officials. At its peak, the fire burned over 100,000 acres of forest in a single day.
The fire scorched 10,000 to 20,000 acres, according to fire intelligence officer Robert Jones, and “it seems large until when contrasted to the overall extent of the fire.”
This was the first death reported from over 7,000 wildfires that raged across California during a season marked by drought and hot, dry weather, with timber, brush, and grasslands strewn across the western United States. rice paddies More than 3,000 square miles of land were burnt in the California fire. All national forests in the state have been closed due to fire concerns.
As climate change has made the west warmer and drier in the last three decades, California has seen an increase in fatal wildfires in recent years. According to scientists, extreme weather will continue to grow more common, destructive, and unpredictable, and wildfires will become more frequent, destructive, and unpredictable.
Caldor Fire was just a few miles south of Dixie Fire, near Lake Tahoe, a popular resort on the California-Nevada border. Last week, over 22,000 people in South Lake Tahoe were told to evacuate.
As per Cal Fire, team members working overnight at the eastern end of the fire were able to keep the fire contained within the present containment line, and the massive fire was 43 percent contained.
There was no immediate news on when residents may return home, but fire chief Tim Ernst said the crew put out the embers and kept several areas safe during a Sunday morning briefing. He stated he’ll keep eradicating repopulation hotspots throughout South Lake Tahoe “in the coming days.”
On Saturday, the mandatory evacuation order on the Nevada side of the state border was removed, although certain regions remained on high alert. Officials in Douglas County warned that the fire could still pose a threat to properties and encouraged locals to remain watchful.
CalFire said that the fire injured five firefighters and civilians and destroyed more than 700 homes. Nearly 28,000 homes, companies, and other structures were threatened, ranging from cottages to ski resorts.