California’s wildfires, once considered unprecedented, have once again been devastated by climate change.
With the help of high winds, 177,000 acres were burned and more than 650 structures were destroyed. Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said more than 20,000 acres of fires were extinguished on Sunday alone मशीन the largest increase in firefighting since the start of Aug. 14 on fire extinguishers.
As of Monday morning, residents of the entire city of Tahoe and areas along the south and southwest coast from the Tahoma to Nevada border were ordered to leave their homes immediately. As the fire closed roads to the west, north, and south, empty people flowed east into Nevada, with hot spots emerging in the upper slopes, causing bumper to bumper traffic.
Hours later, after the gridlock was cleared, spot fires continued to burn in the mayors near Kirkwood Ski Resort in the south and a few miles further south in South Lake Tahoe, indicating the danger of the fire continuing. Spread in communities. It took a while for fire officials to make it clear that the possibility of a fire in the basin, which many California residents love, was not expected until a few weeks ago, a new norm.
“Historically, we’ve used terms like inconsistency, unprecedented or extreme to describe forest fires burning across the state over the last 10 to 20 years,” Chris Anthony of Cal Fire said at a news conference. “Given the obvious trends associated with droughts, changing climates and unprotected forests, these conditions are no longer appropriate. Unfortunately, these factors contribute to the control resistance we see with Caldor fires.”
Previously, California had not seen a fire burning on one side of the Sierras, said Porter, head of Cal Fire. Then, just two weeks ago, the Dixie fire, which burned more than 770,000 acres and is currently the second largest fire in the state on record, Crossed the mountains. Now, the Caldor fire is moving down the hill towards South Lake Tahoe, it has happened again.
“Twice in our history and it’s happening both this month,” Porter said during a briefing Monday. “We really need to know that firefighting is happening in California that we’ve never seen before.”
Caldor fire, which is now near the surface City of Grizzly Flats About 80 miles east of Sacramento, the Tahoe area had been approaching for several days. Locals and officials hoped that the desolate desert area would stop encroaching on more populated and more dense vegetation in the valley below due to its mountainous landscape and bare granite. But strong winds helped push the flames to the summit and carried them down the rocky terrain into embers and basins.
By Monday evening, the fire had reached the Christmas Valley and Meyers area, a few miles from the city of South Lake Tahoe. No building has been damaged yet, fire officials said.
“What seemed extremely impossible a few weeks ago is happening,” UCLA and nature conservation meteorologist Daniel Sven told BuzzFeed News.
Forest fires are linked to human-induced climate change. The planet has already raised its temperature by 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, According to NASA, And this is making the disaster worse. In 2020, more than 10 million acres of forest fires burned, including 4.2 million acres in California – the state’s largest wildfire season.
Climate change can keep fires out of “control” even in more moderate weather conditions, and “spreads faster depending on how dry the original plant is,” Sven said.
A Red flag warning The effect for North Sierras is effective until 11 pm on Wednesday, with winds expected to reach 20 to 35 miles per hour in the south. On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced that Close all 20 million acres of national forests “Due to the forest fire crisis” in the state until September 17.
While it is difficult for officials to predict how the fire could escalate as dangerous conditions persist, Anthony said local, state and federal agencies have spent years and millions of dollars for the situation. He said he would do everything in his power to protect the community in the Tahoe Basin, an area he considered a “natural wonder of the world” to many, including himself.
“It’s a difficult time, no doubt, but we will come together,” he said.