A wildfire in the California capital a few days ago went over 215km out of control on Wednesday.
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A small town about 80 miles north of Sacramento in the state had to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter after at least two victims were killed in what became known as the Calder Fire.
Thousands of people have been preparing to escape the oncoming fires that have ravaged the Eldorado National Forest since August 14 due to severe drought and persistent winds.
“Please, please listen to the warnings. When you are asked to leave, go!” California Fire Chief Tom Porter pleaded, citing the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
“You must not be at our feet to protect your homes from these fires,” he stressed.
According to a recent report established by firefighters, the fire increased its area eightfold within 24 hours and was not contained Wednesday morning.
Collarfire is one of dozens of burns that have devastated western America, which has been hit by a prolonged drought that is being exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
Further north, the Dixie Fire has been burning continuously for more than a month. Although more than 6,000 firefighters were mobilized, the incident was only 33%. It used more than 2,500 km2 – the equivalent of Luxembourg – the second fire in California history.
Pictures taken by an AFP photographer testify to the height of the flames that surrounded the roadside trees as firefighters tried to block their progress. Too late to the small town of Jansville, lined with burnt car wrecks.
Dense smoke from several wildfires has caused air quality warnings to residents of the San Francisco area, while energy supplier PG&E had to cut off electricity to about 50,000 customers on Tuesday. The operator, who blamed Dixie Fire, explained that the move was intended to prevent new fires if power lines fall on dry plants such as straw.
The number and intensity of wildfires in Western America has increased in recent years, with a significant increase in the duration of the fire.
According to experts, this phenomenon is particularly associated with global warming: an increase in temperature, increase in heat waves and precipitation in places is an excellent flammable cocktail.
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