California declared this fire on Sunday is registering soaring temperatures of more than 42 degrees, which accelerates the spread of the flames and greatly hinders the work of firefighters.
More than 400 people had to be evacuated from their homes this Monday in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park, in California, due to the advance of the flames of one of the multiple fires that these days occur in the western United States.
The United States National Fire Center reports that 55 high-temperature fires have affected 12 states in recent days.
The fire, dubbed "River" and burning in Mariposa County, has already burned more than 3,200 hectares and has destroyed five buildings. The spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported at a press conference on Monday. (Cal Fire), Jaime Williams.
The region in which this fire was declared on Sunday is registering very high temperatures of more than 42 degrees, which accelerates the spread of the flames and makes the work of the firefighters enormously difficult, who so far have only managed to contain it by 10%.
Parallel to that of "River," another fire in Northern California has so far burned almost 36,400 hectares, three times the area of the city of San Francisco, thus becoming the largest wildfire so far this year in that year. State, the US Forest Service reported Monday.
This rapid-burning fire is affected the Plumas National Forest, in the extreme north of the Sierra Nevada, near Beckwourth, about 80 kilometers northwest of Lake Tahoe.
According to the latest official report, this fire caused by lightning has been contained in only 23%.
During this weekend, the fire moved quickly and reached a state highway near the city of Doyle, where it burned at least six structures.
In total, and according to Cal Fire figures, so far this year, more than 4,100 fires have occurred in that western US state, even though the traditionally complicated months in terms of fires - October and November - have not yet have arrived.
In the neighboring state of Oregon, another large fire, dubbed "Bootleg," has burned more than 62,000 hectares in the area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest and threatens a high-voltage electrical transmission line that connects the networks. From California and Oregon.
Faced with the risk that the line will be affected by fire and the supply will be cut off, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages the network, asked consumers to minimize the electricity consumption between 4 and 9 pm on Monday.
To cope with the looming fire season, US President Joe Biden recently announced a temporary salary increase for firefighters hired by the federal government to a minimum of $ 15 an hour in an attempt to contain the impact. Of the fire in the west of the country.
"Firefighting efforts have been hampered due to heat, dryness, and wind," said the spokesman for the California Department of Forest Protection against fires, Jaime Williams, according to the 'Los Angeles Times.'
A fire broke out in the Beckwourth Complex on July 2, the largest in the state of California, over the weekend.
A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said authorities had received reports that the fire was destroying several community homes but did not provide official figures.