Delta Fire disables the I-5 in California
16 new fires are burning in northern California. William La Jeunesse has the story.
More than 1.2 million acres of California land were charred and more than 1,200 homes destroyed in this year is the prolonged fire season which has seen a number of the largest fires in state history.
This summer, more than a dozen fires burned at the same time in the whole of California, and the following month could see more fire activity as dried grass and Santa Ana wind potential worsening of a fire that starts, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In Northern California, the Delta fire — which forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5, which runs the length of the state-had consumed nearly 37,000 acres as of Saturday the newspaper. But the interstate was expected to open on a Sunday.
The Delta fire has forced the closure of a 14 kilometre long stretch of the I-5 in Northern California, is closed until at least Sunday. The wildfire has burned 36,970 acres and is 0% contained https://t.co/sOAn8G1e07
— The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) on September 8, 2018
Jessica Gardetto, spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center, told the newspaper that the fires are likely to grow and become more difficult to contain.
“It is quite usual to be in California experience on this level of fire activity in the autumn, but it is usually not the entire state,” she said.
Last year, 1.4 million acres were burned in California.
Firefighters have expressed their concern about the fires, which have become more intense and less predictable, and the longer the fire season. The season is about 72 days for more than three decades ago, according to the California Department of Forestry and fire protection.
“It is a marathon that just keeps getting longer and longer,” said J Olsen, a firefighter with Central Calaveras Fire and rescue, who worked from the Mendocino Complex fire. “Each season I go in thinking that it is going to be the worst of the season, we don’t see.”
California accounts for 10 percent of the acreage burned in the U.S. since 2000, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
The northern and southern parts of the state have seen multiple fires in the past few weeks, in which thousands of residents in cities and rural areas to evacuate.
Most are fully contained or close to containment.
The most recent wildfire, the Kerlin fire, began Tuesday and has burned about 1200 acres in the northern part of the state.
The Mendocino Complex fire burned about 459,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in modern California history. An estimated 157 homes and 123 buildings were destroyed.
For more than a month this summer, the Ferguson fire was burning in the rugged terrain and the signing of the Yosemite Valley down for three weeks. Two firefighters killed in battle with the blaze.
At least 12 houses were destroyed as a result of the Holy fire in the vicinity of the Cleveland National Forest in August.