Firefighters Hospitalized With Injuries From Battling Wildfire In California

Thursday, 10 Sep, 2020

The firefighters who used the shelters in a national forest near Big Sur along the central California coast suffered burns and smoke inhalation Tuesday, and three were flown to a hospital.

Despite these challenges, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it was making progress on three of the biggest ongoing fires in the state.

"Forest staff and firefighters are needing clear travel on these roads over the next couple days and there are possibly unsafe conditions particularly south of Forest Road 46/Highway 224 on the Clackamas River Ranger District", a Facebook post stated.

In previous years, the Forest Service has closed individual forests from time to time due to fire risks, but never statewide, said retired Trinity County Supervisor Roger Jaegel, a former U.S. Forest Service employee of more than 30 years. Cal Fire began tracking the numbers in 1987. In Washington, more acres burned in a single day than firefighters usually see all year. They will also prepare Mission Road for a backfire if those operations don't stop the fire. But no such respite was in the immediate forecast for California. There have been eight fire deaths and more than 3,300 structures destroyed.

That fire is now zero percent contained and is being fought by nearly 1,000 firefighters as it encroaches on the communities of Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.

He said rescuers would try again to reach them later on Tuesday. Late Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department told residents of Duarte, Bradbury and Monrovia near the forest to get ready for a possible evacuation.

Fire officials overseeing the Evans Canyon Fire in southeast Washington state issued a Red Flag Warning until Monday due to strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.

The US Forest Service made a decision to close all eight national forests in the southern half of the state and shut campgrounds statewide.

Type 1 firefighting teams include elite crews more commonly known as "hotshots".

Two of the three largest fires in state history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As of Tuesday, according to CAL Fire, there are 14,000 firefighters battling 25 wildfires that have collectively burned more than 1.8 million acres of land.

"We're not completely out of the woods, but we're very confident and optimistic with where we are today", Bell said. On Wednesday, more than 6,000 customers near Mount Hood were without power, according to Portland General Electric's outages map.

In the Sierra National Forest east of Fresno, dozens of campers and hikers were stranded at the Vermilion Valley Resort after the only road in - a narrow route snaking along a steep cliff - was closed Sunday because of the Creek Fire.

The Creek Fire is the largest one. About 200 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., arrived at the Mendocino National Forest in northern California one week ago to help the National Forest Service gain control of the fire.

Fears of a significant spread of the Bobcat fire dissipated overnight as Santa Ana winds failed to materialize, but residents of nearby foothill communities remain on high alert and several evacuation warnings are still in place.