More than 400 people have been evacuated in a fire that has affected 12 states in the United States
More than 400 people had to be evacuated from their homes this Monday near Yosemite National Park in California due to the escalation of the flames of one of the many fires in western America these days.
The U.S. National Fire Service said There have been 55 fires in 12 states in the country in recent days related to high temperatures.
The fire, dubbed the “River” in Mariposa County, has already burned more than 3,200 hectares and destroyed five buildings. Jaime Williams, a spokesman for the California Department of Forests and Fire (Call Fire), told a news conference Monday.
The area where the fire was reported on Sunday recorded the highest temperature above 42 degrees, which accelerates the spread of fires and makes the task of firefighters much harder, so far only 10% have been able to control it.
Parallel to the “river”, another fire in Northern California has so far burned 36,400 hectares, three times the area of the city of San Francisco, making it the largest wildfire ever to occur this year. The state, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.
This rapidly burning fire is located 80 miles north of Lake Tahoe, near the town of Beckworth, in the far north of Sierra Nevada.
According to a recent official report, the fire caused by lightning is only 23%.
The fire moved quickly this weekend and reached a state highway near the town of Doyle, where at least six structures burned.
In all, and according to CallFire figures, there have been more than 4,100 fires in that western U.S. state so far this year, with traditionally critical months – October and November – yet to come.
In the neighboring state of Oregon, another large fire, known as the “bootleg”, has burned more than 62,000 hectares in the Fremont-Winema National Forest and threatened the high-voltage power transmission line connecting the networks. From California. And Oregon.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages the network, called on consumers to reduce power consumption from 4 to 9 p.m.
US President, to deal with accidental fire season Joe Biden recently announced that he would raise the salaries of firefighters hired by the federal government to a minimum of $ 15 an hour in an effort to contain a fire in the west of the country.
“Firefighting efforts hampered by heat, drought and wind”, California Forest Department spokesman Jaime Williams said against fires ‘Los Angeles Times’.
On July 2, a fire broke out on the Peckworth campus, becoming the largest in the entire state of California this weekend.
A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said authorities had received information that the fire was destroying homes in several communities, but no official figures were available.
(With information from EFE and Europa Publishing)