Officials say about 30,000 acres have been burned in Northern California, adding that there is no containment.
A fast-spreading wildfire in Northern California left two people seriously injured and issued evacuation orders for thousands of residents and tourists in El Dorado County on Tuesday morning.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Caldor fire, which erupted Saturday evening in the Omo Ranch area 60 miles east of Sacramento, erupted Tuesday morning from 6,500 acres to about 30,000 acres. Nail fire. It consists of zero percent.
Firefighters continue to face dynamic conditions on the ground. Call Firefighters told a community meeting Tuesday evening that smoke from nearby Dexfire had hampered air strikes, while the changing nature of the Caldure Fire had made it difficult for authorities to accurately map the incident.
“We’re here to see it to the end,” said Dusty Martin, commander of the Calf Fire incident.
Government Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for El Dorado County earlier in the day, mobilized the California National Guard and released additional resources for affected communities.
Residents of the town of Grizzly Flats were severely affected by the fire. Two people were seriously injured and taken to the airport, and very few houses remained in the town of Grizzly Flats, a town of about 1,200 residents, where the streets were littered with power lines and poles.
Houses were confined to smoke and muddy metal with only the chimney rising above the ruins. A post office and a primary school were also destroyed.
The El Dorado Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that “the fire was extinguished at night and the challenging area made fire access difficult.” “The fire was burning very actively throughout the night.”
Authorities extended evacuation orders to neighboring communities on Tuesday morning – including for residents of Sully Park, Happy Valley and Grizzly Flats and Somerset areas – while campers were evicted from the Sully Park recreation area.
Heavy smoke billowed most of the region, including nearby Lake Tahoe and other populated areas, including bumper-to-bumper traffic on evacuation routes.
About 17,000 people are being evacuated across California, according to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, or Cal OES.
This year has seen intense heat that has helped fuel fires across the western states, exacerbated by climate change.
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According to Pacific Gas, the state’s largest utility, the growing threat of dexfire, the largest wildfire in the United States and the second largest in California history, has decimated more than 39,000 consumers in 16 counties. You may have to lose power to avoid a fire. And electric.
The utility said most of the closures will be in two counties, including Butt, one of four counties where a massive dexterity fire has burned about 570,000 acres. About 31% of the fires were contained.