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California firefighters face a fire that creates their own atmosphere

California firefighters face a fire that creates their own atmosphere

California’s biggest fire, which has already devoured the city of Chicago’s equivalent in vegetation, is so big that it’s creating a climate of its own, at the risk of making the job of firefighters more difficult to fight, on Monday.

Nearly 5,400 firefighters were mobilized to face the flames Dixie Fire In the forests of Northern California.

This fire has been escalating since mid-July, fueled by the stifling heat, irritating drought and constant winds.

the Dixie Fire So large that in recent days it has already created clouds called “pyrocumulus” which cause lightning and strong winds which in turn fuel the fire.

“Tomorrow could be very difficult: if these clouds are high enough, they have the potential to produce lightning,” warned Julia Ruthford, the meteorologist responsible for this file.

Rescuers were sent from as far away as Florida to lend a helping hand.

Despite its size, the Dixie Fire So far it has mainly progressed in very isolated areas, which explains why only dozens of buildings (houses and other buildings) have been destroyed so far.

Advancing on steep paths, firefighters are sometimes assisted by a train, where they can spray otherwise inaccessible areas.

But under these weather conditions, “embers can easily fly more than a kilometer from a fire,” explains Rick Carhart, a spokesman for the firefighters, and places that receive evacuees, such as Quincy Village, find themselves threatened.

“It is very painful to see him advance relentlessly and approach our land,” AFP fears Peggy Moak, from a nearby town.

Wildfires are so common in California, that locals sometimes wonder what’s left to burn. But due to climate change, this summer is especially violent.

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A golf course with yellow grass, boats swimming in a lake that is but a shadow to itself… In the area, there are signs of drought fueling fires everywhere.

The fires have already destroyed three times more vegetation than at this time in 2020, the worst year in California’s history for fires.

According to a preliminary investigation, the fall of a tree on one of the thousands of electric cables that define the American landscape is the origin Dixie Fire. This power line belongs to Pacific Gas & Company (PG&E), a private company already guilty of causing camp-fire, a fire that nearly wiped the town of Paradise off the map and killed 86 people in 2018, just a few miles from here.