California Fires


Elijah Hanley, contributor

In Northern California, firefighters made inroads overnight in battling the Kincade fire, which has consumed much of the area around Santa Rosa over the last few days as it swelled to become the largest active wildfire in the state. The 76,000-acre fire is now 30 percent contained, up from 2019 California wildfires. The 2019 wildfire season is the current-running fire season in California. So far, over 6,190 fires have been recorded according to Cal Fire and the US Forest Service, totaling an estimated of 198,815 acres (80,458 ha) acres of burned land as of October 27.

Kincade fire/Near santa rosa and healdsburg

Kincade Fire: 76,825 acres burned; 30% contained

Easy fire/Simi Valley, California

Getty fire/near the university of LA and Brentwood

Getty Fire: 656 acres burned; 15% contained

The Easy Fire broke out in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service issued its first-ever “extreme red flag warning” for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties

And in the Los Angeles area, a 745-acre blaze known as the Getty fire has prompted the evacuation of more than 7,000 homes. Firefighters made progress overnight on the fire, which was 27 percent contained on Wednesday morning.

Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to some 432,000 homes and businesses in an effort to prevent new blazes

Southern California Edison warned it could shut off power to more than 304,000 customers Wednesday and Thursday

Total area: 177,003 acres (71,631 ha)

Total fires: 5,980

Fatalities: 3

15 percent on Tuesday, and forecasters were cautiously optimistic that the winds in the area had died down and would not strengthen again for at least a few days.

The fire in Solano County’s Vallejo, dubbed the Glen Cove Fire, started just after 9 a.m., burning about 150 acres, jumping Interstate 80 in Vallejo and sweeping east to west, spreading onto the 1,200-student campus of the California Maritime Academy. There were no reported injuries or homes burned.3 days ago

The cause of the Vallejo fire was still under investigation and the utility did not say that its lines were responsible. Doherty said the power lines had remained operational because wind speeds in Vallejo were not high enough to trigger a shutdown.3 days ago

How Did it Affect the Environment? 

California wildfires are often made worse by the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, which can carry a spark for miles. Heat sources help spark the wildfire and bring fuel to temperatures hot enough to ignite. Lightning, burning campfires or cigarettes, and even the sun can all provide sufficient heat to spark a wildfire.The Ranch Fire started in late July north of the community of Upper Lake and burned 410,203 acres in Colusa, Glenn, Lake and Mendocino counties, CAL FIRE said. … That fire started in November in Butte County and resulted in 85 civilian deaths and several firefighter injuries.Jun 7, 2019