Dry lightn flashes and high-strength winds in California are creating the potential for new wildfires as thousands of firefighters tackle the blaze.

“A warning of dangerous fire weather issued Thursday afternoon in wide parts of northern California was set to linger until at least Friday at 11 a.m.

“The combination of isolated dry lightning and gusty winds with the dry fuels will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions,” the National Meteorological Service said.

A historic drought and recent heat waves in the context of climate change have made the struggle against forest fires in the American West more difficult.

Scientists say climate change has made the region warmer and drier during the last 30 years, making the weather even more extreme and wildfires more frequent and damaging.

More than 14.600 firefighters were deployed on Thursday in 13 major wildfires that were active across California.

The Dixie wildfire, which raged through both the mountains of the northern Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascade Range, grew to 1,451 square kilometers (29.850 square miles), although 59% of that was contained.

Nationally, about 22.000 firefighters have been deployed in 79 major wildfires in nine states and Minnesota, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

2021 California wildfires

The 2021 California wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires that have burned across the state of California. As of August 20, 2021, a total of 6,630 fires have been recorded, burning 1,470, (wikipedia)


2017 California wildfires

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In terms of property damage, 2017 was the most destructive wildfire season on record in California at the time, surpassed by only the 2018 season, with a total of 9,560 fires burning 1,548, (wikipedia)


National Interagency Fire Center

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho is the physical facility which is the home to the National Interagency Coordination Center , and the National Multi-Agency Coordination group . (wikipedia)


California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a fire department of the California Natural Resources Agency in California, United States. (wikipedia)


Mendocino Complex Fire

The Mendocino Complex Fire was a large complex of wildfires that burned in northern California for more than three months in 2018. It consisted of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, (wikipedia)


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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, (wikipedia)


August Complex fire

The August Complex was a massive wildfire that burned in the Coast Range of Northern California, in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, Trinity, and Shasta Counties. (wikipedia)


California wildfires

This is a partial and incomplete list of California wildfires. California has dry, windy, (wikipedia)


Weather

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. On Earth, (wikipedia)

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