California wildfires continue to rage
More than 65,000 acres are burned in Southern California as firefighters struggle to contain simultaneous forest fires forest fires force tens of thousands to flee their homes. Here is where the situation stands.
Wind-whipped forest fires continue to blaze in Southern California on Wednesday. The Thomas Fire, which began Monday, about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is by far the worst — scorching of 65,000 acres, destroying 150 structures, and the threat of 12,000 more. It is, therefore, forced 27,000 people to evacuate, according to officials.
It is currently unclear what led to the Thomas Brand. At least one firefighter has been injured, but so far no fatalities reported yet. There are, however, three people were reportedly burned by the Little Mountain fire in San Bernardino County on Tuesday.
Here is how the Thomas Brand, in comparison with a few other large-scale forest fires in 2016 and 2017.
Soberanes Fire – 132,127 acres burned
The Soberanes Fire was sparked by an abandoned, illegal campfire in July 2016. It burned 132,127 hectares and was driven primarily by chaparral, high grass and wood. The fire burned for nearly three months before it was recorded.
The fire cost at least $229 million, which was claimed by fire officials to be the most expensive fire of the U. S. Forest Service has ever fought, the Los Angeles Times reported in October 2016.
The fire of at least 50 homes, and the state was one of the largest and most devastating forest fire of that year.
Long Valley Fire 83,733 acres burned
The Long Valley Fire was first lit in July 2017. The fire, which was located about two miles north of Doyle, Calif. and about 50 km north of Reno, Nev., was recorded 10 days after it starts.
The Thomas Fire in the South of California has still not been included.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which was fueled by sagebrush and grass.
About 83,733 acres were burned as a result of the Long Valley of fire.
Modoc July Complex Fire – 83,120 acres burned
The Modoc July Complex Fire was first lit in July 2017, but it was 100 percent contained by September 2017.
The fire, which was started by lightning, was fed by grass, bushes and wood. It was located in the Modoc National Forest in northeast California.
Detwiler Fire – 81,826 acres burned
The Detwiler Fire was first lit in July 2017, but it was 100 percent contained as of October.
Forest fires sparking apocalyptic destruction
The fire destroyed 63 houses, 67 small structures and a commercial structure. At least 13 other homes were damaged by the fire, which began in Mariposa County, approximately two miles east of Lake McClure.
The California Department of Forestry and fire protection, or Cal Fire, said the cause of the fire was “a discharge of firearms on public lands.”
About 81,826 acres were burned.
Salmon August Complex Fire – 65,888 acre burned
The Salmon August Complex Fire was started by lightning. The first infection was in July 2017. Only 87 percent of the fire is included. Wood and brush will serve as the main source of fuel.
The fire is located in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath NF side of the trinity Alps Wilderness, which are both located in the North of California.
So far, 65,888 acre is burned to the ground.