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.
Today, over 12,900 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 13 active large wildfires that have burned over 1.5 million acres. Get the latest on these incidents at: https://t.co/CfcEwIxg15 pic.twitter.com/SoQrL7Rohc
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 21, 2021