Wildfires UPDATE: Fresh winds fuel fury in northern California

Crews dug in and burned out fire lines as another round of strong winds helped tamp down a Northern California wildfire.

“We have a firefight ahead of us and the wind today is going to make it very challenging,”Keith Wade

“We have a firefight ahead of us and the wind today is going to make it very challenging,” said Keith Wade of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, a nonpartisan organization that is calling Cal Fire.

The Caldor Fire in the northern Sierra Nevada has already destroyed scores of homes and authorities closed a 46-mile stretch of Interstate 50, the highway linking capital Sacramento to Lake Tahoe on the Nevada state line, Friday.

The motorway was closed after debris falling out of the fire, which broke out earlier this week and grew 20 times its size in a matter of days, hit the road and prompted red flag warnings for a wind band of 32- 48 km / h (20C to 30C), which could reach 65kph (20mph to 30mph) on Saturday.

Winds on Saturday could reach winds of up to 35 mph.

The road is an important checkpoint as crews battle the fire that broke out earlier this week and grew 10-fold in just a few days, driven by winds.

As of Saturday, the Caldor fire had engulfed roughly 310 square miles, with more than 1.500 firemen battling it in rough terrain.

Exemptions were the Cache fire, a small, but rapid grass fire that destroyed at least 56 houses and practically destroyed a mobile home park.

Thomas Fire

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017. (wikipedia)

Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado County, California, about 15 miles southeast of Placerville. As of August 17, 2021, it had burned more than 30, (wikipedia)

Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire is an active wildfire in Butte, Plumas and Lassen Counties, California. It is named after the road where it started. (wikipedia)

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The State of California’s agency responsible for fire protection in State Responsibility Areas of California totaling 31 million acres, as well as the administration of the state’s private (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)

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018 and burned 96,949 acres of land. (wikipedia)

California wildfires

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