California winds cause new wildfires and force blackouts
Red flag warnings of dangerous fire conditions persisted in mountains, valleys, valleys and deserts due to dry and windy weather. Winds of 25 mph (40 kph) with gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) are expected early Tuesday evening.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Power cut to about 21,000 customers In 20 counties in central and northern California to reduce the risk of power lines being overturned, leading to wildfires.
PG&E equipment was blamed for the 2018 fire that wiped out most of the town of Paradise in Butte County. The company filed for bankruptcy and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter. PG&E also faces many criminal charges for fires caused by its worn out equipment, including manslaughter charges filed last month in connection with a massive fire near Redding last year that killed four people.
At least six fires broke out across the state on Monday. Most remain small, but a fire west of Santa Barbara, up the coast AngelsAnd soon it spread to thousands of acres. A dense church blazed across an area of farms, valleys, and parks.
The fire prompted the mandatory evacuation of El Capitan State Park along with nearby campsites and cattle and horse ranches. Refugio State Beach, and US 101 – the only highway along the coast – was closed as the flames moved south towards OceanAnd US Forest Service A spokesman said Andrew Madsen.
On the Central Coast, a tree fell on power lines at Hearst San Simeon State Park, starting a small fire in the woods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection tweeted. High winds caused a tree to fall, destroyed three parked cars and damaged a house in the coastal town of El Granada in San Mateo province, Calfair said. However, no injuries It has been reported.
Stormy weather is a nightmare for firefighters in the country where heat waves and historical drought linked Climate change The forests are left and dry. The fires that broke out in late summer are still burning after destroying hundreds of homes.
In the Sierra Nevada, fires of the so-called KNP complex may have burned hundreds of giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park groves and were only 30% contained. On Monday, a firefighter with his crew working on the blaze was hit by a rolling boulder. Fire officials said the firefighter was airlifted to hospital and is in stable condition.
The National Weather Service said dust was widespread from the Sacramento Valley, through the San Joaquin Valley and into the Antelope Desert Valley north of Los Angeles. Caltrans said sections of State Route 138 near Lancaster Valley in Antelope and Route 14 State were closed due to the dust storm and several rollover trucks that closed the road.