Footage shows the deadly aftermath of the wildfires in California. The Creek Fire left nothing but ash and ruin in its wake as it continues to burn.
The fire started Labor Day weekend and burned more than 152,833 acres in three days. It also destroyed 65 houses, businesses and other structures, according to Cal Fire. The typically peaceful Yosemite National Park appeared in an angry orange glow as the fire nears. Officials expect evacuation orders could be issued soon.
The Creek Fire worsened on Tuesday as strong winds and low humidity provided the perfect breeding ground for the fire to spread.
“The fire continued to grow under extreme conditions,” Cal Fire said in an update. “The Red Flag Warning for strong winds will impact the fire in the early morning, with stronger winds to come. The fire made wind driven runs and increased spotting distance. Red Flag Warning in effect until 11 pm Tuesday for high temperatures, low humidity and high winds.”
Wildfires continue to spread to due high temperatures and winds.
Weather continues to play a crucial factor as over-stretched firefighters battle 25 separate blazes. Since August 15, California has experienced 900 wildfires, many caused by lightning. Eight people have died, and the fires have destroyed more than 3,300 buildings. Currently 172,000 people are without power.
So far, wildfires have burned more than two million acres in a California, more than any given year so far. Officials experienced alarm over this new state record given how early it is in the year.
“It’s a little unnerving because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,” Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokesperson for Cal Fire, told AP. “It’s usually hot, and the fuels really dry out. And we see more of our wind events.”
Randy Moore, regional forester for the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region, also believes the fires may worsen in the weeks ahead. He said the state didn’t have the resources to contain the blazes.
“The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously,” Moore told AP. “Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire.”
On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as firefighters continue to try to contain the fires.
[H/T: Daily Mail]