Wildland fire crew overtaken by flames in California mountains

Friday, 11 Sep, 2020

To the south, parts of Medford, a city of over 80,000 residents - many of them retirees - were under evacuation orders or warnings as a growing wildfire closed a section of Interstate 5, the primary north-south highway along the West Coast.

Unprecedented wildfires in OR have all but destroyed five small towns and a record number of deaths is feared, Governor Kate Brown said on Wednesday, as families began to report casualties.

In Butte County, California, where three people have been killed, firefighters battled the flames through the night, after a day of apocalyptic orange skies over the Golden State.

Ms. Brown said OR could see the greatest loss of life and property from wildfires in state history.

"We know our losses are going to be great, but we know that OR is strong and will stand together", Brown said. A third fatality in the stat was recorded about four hours south of Salem in the town of Ashland.

Jason Valean, 29, fled his house on foot with his two large dogs and was nervously waiting in the central downtown area for his mother. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut off power to thousands of residents in 22 counties in California to prevent sparks from its equipment from setting off more fires.

The cloud itself is called a pyro-cumulonimbus, which may or may not produce lightning, and strong winds that can pick up burning embers and ignite new fires far in front of the initial blaze.

Three unidentified people were also killed in northern California.

It was the state's first death of this wildfire season.

Jason Anderson, 42, takes pictures as the sun is visible through thick smoke generated by the Bobcat Fire in San Dimas, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

Visitors are seen in Dolores Park under an orange sky darkened by smoke from California wildfires in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 9, 2020.

As I visited landmarks around San Francisco this morning, I saw loads of people just like me-masked, alone, and staring out at the reality of our changing climate.

On public lands, the fires draw attention to congressional efforts to make forests more resilient while covering increasing costs of wildfire suppression.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the closure of all 18 national forests in California, citing "unprecedented" fire conditions.

"Somebody was attempting to flee and it just didn't work out", he explained.

The governor also said up to 40,000 people had to evacuate because of encroaching flames.

"Given the severity and speed in which these fires are spreading across the state, we urge you to expedite the declaration process to ensure that local communities have the resources they need to respond to and recover quickly from these devastating wildfires", said Democratic Sens. "It simply is completely inconsistent. with the reality on the ground". Many have called the fires a outcome of climate change. "With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both".