One of the eight large wildfires that are burning in California and Oregon, one wildfire roared through a canyon in Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest and have forced evacuations of 30 homes, drought-wracked natural areas, and worn-out firefighters.
“Because of the drought and the angle of the fuels, fire just races up canyon walls very, very fast. But when it reaches the ridgetop of these canyons, fire activity is going to decrease significantly, and that’s when we’re going to attack,” county fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said earlier. “We’re going to stop this fire at the ridgetop.”
In order to contain the wildfire, hundreds of firefighters battled both flames and triple-digit temperatures Saturday .
Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Emergency Operations Center said, “the fire, burnt out about 2 ½ square miles of dry canyon brush, and was 20 percent contained.”
“When it gets into the timber, it’s a lot harder to fight,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
“We have seen this pattern all year long,” Berlant said. “There have been a lot more fires. They start in the grass and spread to the treetops, where there is a lot of fuel due to the dry conditions. Once it’s into the tree tops, it’s a hard fight.”
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi reported the injury of six firefighters since the fire began Friday in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, many of them heat-related as temperatures reach triple digits. At least 10 helicopters and five air tankers were used while to gaining control of the blaze.
According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, firefighting conditions aren’t likely to improve throughout the weekend, as it will remain hot and dry throughout the area.
The fire in the foothills of the Sierras northeast of Sacramento near Grass Valley Saturday quickly dispersed to 250 acres, and has led to destruction of two homes and forced evacuation of dozens more.
Another wildfire, 250 miles north in Santa Barbara County, has made the firefighters battle through rough terrain, heavy brush and downed power lines.
The wildfires are the latest symptom of the blisteringly hot temperatures. The temperature has been forecasted to reach as high as 107 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday.
Last weekend a 300-acre wildfire near Yosemite National Park perturbed the firefighters a lot.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for southern California saying a high pressure combined with a weak offshore flow will lead to high temperatures.Red Flag warnings are issued when “critical fire weather conditions” are occurring or could occur. There is also a warning for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon from the Coast Range to the Cascades and was assigned to be efeective until Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m
Oregon’s largest wildfires that continued to burn through the weekend are Crater Lake, Deception- Staley Complex Fire, 790 fire, Yellow Point fire and the West Fork fire.
Update: Update coming in that the six firefighters who were admitted to the hospital were released after successfully treating them for the fire related injuries.