Firefighters are struggling to contain exploding Northern California wildfires under blazing temperatures as another heatwave hits western US this weekend.
Firefighters are struggling to contain exploding Northern California wildfires under blazing temperatures as another heat wave blankets the west, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas.
Death Valley in southeastern California’s Mojave Desert reached 53 Celsius (128 F) on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s reading at Furnace Creek.
The shockingly high temperature was actually lower than the previous day, when the location reached 54 C (130 F).
If confirmed as accurate, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when Furnace Creek desert hit 57 C (134 F), considered the highest measured temperature on Earth.
#TMFR task force is supporting #BeckwourthComplexFire IMT and working to catch multiple spot fires that are crossing US 395 - trying to stop the fire from crossing the state line into Nevada. @washoecounty @WashoeSheriff pic.twitter.com/Eonf2QQ8jP— Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (@TMFPD) July 11, 2021
About 483 km (300 miles) northwest of the sizzling desert, the largest wildfires of the year in California are raging along the border with Nevada.
Late Saturday, flames jumped Interstate 395 and was threatening properties in Nevada’s Washoe County.
The blazes, which are only 8 percent contained, increased dramatically to 222 square km (86 square miles) as firefighters sweltered in 100-degree temperatures.
It was one of several threatening homes across Western states that were expected to see triple-digit heat through the weekend as a high-pressure zone blankets the region.
⚠️#BeckworthComplexFire has jumped US 395. Evacuation orders reinstated for Rancho Haven and Flanigan Flats communities. Take immediate steps to protect large animals and livestock. Details forthcoming. @washoecounty @WashoeSheriff @blmnv @USFSPlumas pic.twitter.com/J490FKZsBz— Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (@TMFPD) July 11, 2021
Pushed by strong winds, a wildfire in southern Oregon doubled in size to 311 square km (120 square miles) on Saturday as it raced through heavy timber in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near the Klamath County town of Sprague River.
The National Weather Service warned the dangerous conditions could cause heat-related illnesses.
The California Independent System Operator warned of potential power shortage, not only because of mounting heat, but because a wildfire in southern Oregon was threatening transmission lines that carry imported power to California.
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation on Friday suspending rules to allow for more power capacity, and the ISO requested emergency assistance from other states.