Fierce winds blew through northern and central California early Tuesday, spreading wildfires, downing trees in their path and leaving many homes in the region without electricity, increasing the risk of a dangerously large inferno as the state continues its operations. It was at the peak of the ongoing wildfire season.
According to the Associated Press, there was a warning of dangerous fire conditions, with winds expected to reach 70 mph gusts of 25 mph in the area. informed of.
According to the report, the state’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), has shut down power to about 21,000 homes in the northern and central California region to reduce the risk of falling lines that trigger wildfires. can be reduced.
The state saw at least half a dozen new wildfires on Monday, including a major forest west of Santa Barbara, that quickly spread to thousands of acres.
The massive fire forced the evacuation of El Capitan State Park, as well as the closure of nearby farms and US 101 Highway.
According to tracker PowerOutage US, more than 42,000 PG&E customers and more than 67,000 homes in California are currently without electricity.
California is currently in the middle of peak wildfire season when the Diablo and Santa Ana winds come in from the east and blow through the valley, creating ideal conditions for rapidly spreading wildfires. Fierce winds have fueled some of the state’s most devastating wildfires, including 2018 Campfire Who killed 85 people and destroyed the city of Paradise. The threat of forest fires comes at a time when the state is reeling under severe drought. Tinder—dry conditions—that have been Held responsible As for climate change – has only served to worsen the severity of the state’s wildfire season.
PG&E’s decision to cut power to thousands of homes ahead of the storm is a controversial exercise that has been followed by several devastating explosions over the years by several major utility companies in the state. PG&E’s equipment was to blame for the 2018 Camp Fire. Following the incident, the company pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was forced to file for bankruptcy.
California’s strong winds threaten wildfire, power outage (The Associated Press)