A new heat wave that will raise temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius could make fire fighting worse on the west coast of the United States, where 26 outbreaks remain active and containment barely exceeds 30% in most cases.
The US National Meteorological Service sent an alert on Thursday for the rise in thermometers expected from Saturday, something that It will last until the beginning of October and will be accompanied by low humidity and winds in California.
“A significant warming trend is expected to begin this weekend and next week across the state,” said the California Department of Fire Protection, known as Cal-Fire.
In the last weeks, humidity and certain rainfall improved the situation in the north of the state, where the serious fires registered since August caused an orange fog in urban areas such as San Francisco.
However, it is right there where meteorologists have heightened the alert for “dry, hot and windy” conditions, according to authorities in Contra Costa County, northeast of San Francisco Bay.
200 kilometers from that place the fire known as August Complexby far the largest in California history with 350,000 hectares (over 860,000 acres) ravaged by flames.
The latest Cal-Fire update indicates that the southern area of the fire is 50% contained while the northern area barely reaches 35%, something that could be made worse by the conditions.
Some 19,000 firefighters are working throughout California to prevent the expected winds from further uncontrolled the fires, which have devastated an area equivalent to almost all of Puerto Rico and left at least 26 fatalities, including three firefighters.
Help from Mexico to contain the fires
One hundred firefighters from Mexico He landed in California on Wednesday to collaborate with the authorities of the neighboring state for at least 14 days.
In its first assignment, the team will join the unit in charge of protecting the Sequoia National Park, which has been threatened for days by the proximity of the flames of the fire known as “SQF Complex Fire”.
This fire has burned over 58,000 hectares, of which only 33% have been contained, according to the latest update.
In addition, the flames have devoured some 200 buildings, many of which correspond to homes.
Improve the fire near urban areas of los angeles
In the south of the state, high temperatures are also expected that could worsen the situation in Los Angeles, where the proximity of the flames to a residential area that contains about 1,000 homes makes the fire baptized as “Bobcat Fire” be one of the most worrying.
He “Bobcat Fire” It is already one of the largest fires in the history of Los Angeles after exceeding 44,000 hectares, of which firefighters have managed to contain 50% thanks to the improvement in weather conditions.