To date, only 35% of the fire area has been brought under control.
A forest fire in California, dubbed “Dixie,” is spreading at high speed due to adverse weather conditions and has already covered an area of 112 thousand hectares. The state fire department announced this.
According to him, to date, only 35% of the fire area has been brought under control, while since the end of July, it has almost tripled. More than 6 thousand forest fires were recorded in the state this year; the fire destroyed 234.5 thousand hectares of forest and 400 buildings.
According to The Mercury News, due to the heat, sharp wind gusts, and humidity of less than 10%, it is almost impossible to predict the rate of spread of the flame, which is beginning to get close to popular recreation areas, in particular Lake Almanor. “I really don’t have an understanding of what this thing will be like in a few days. This fire is huge,” the publication quotes the words of the representative of firefighters Rick Carhart.
In the coming days, it is expected that smoke from the fires will reach San Francisco – one of the largest cities in the state. Local authorities are preparing to announce a warning about a serious deterioration in air quality.
5 thousand firefighters are involved in the fight against the fire. According to forecasts of meteorologists, wind gusts may subside somewhat by Friday.