Historically, California is no stranger to wildfires. Since 2010, California has suffered the fiery onslaught of over fifteen wildfires. This includes last year’s Yosemite fire cracking the top twenty largest fires in the Golden State’s history. To further understand how gargantuan the fire was, the smoke could be seen from Las Vegas. Not to mention, another California wildfire caused chaos earlier this year back in May.
Now, the fires of Hell have extended forth their other hand to start incineration in another location: Yosemite National Park.
According to a local report by the Los Angeles Times, the northern California wildfire near the Sierra Nevada foothills has grown to more than 3,000 acres and destroyed five homes while another blaze in Yosemite burning more than 500 acres and threatens homes on the park’s border.
Both fires also forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people, and it looks like it is getting worse. Originally, the first fire – known as the Sand Fire – began on Friday at around 4:30 p.m. on San Ridge Road off California 49. Once it crossed the Cosumnes River, it picked up exponential strength thanks to how dry the area was at the time. Right now, the cause of the fire’s ignition is assumed to be a burning car by the riverbed or a vehicle driving over the dry vegetation.
Fox News did a recent report on the current state of both fires. Lynn Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for CalFire, had this to state about why the containment of the fires is taking long:
“All of the vegetation in the area is struggling. It’s burning very easily. It causes the fire to be a lot hotter and to spread more easily.”
As of now, there are 1,500 firefighters aided by aircraft, including a DC-10 air tanker, working to control the Sand Fire. On the other front in Yosemite, there are now 400 firefighters aided by fixed-wing helicopters. Also, the reason for the Yosemite fire’s cause is not known at this time.
Unfortunately, wildfires are not just localized to California as many other Western states are suffering same fate. Colorado is dealing with the nation’s largest wildfire in the Buzzard Complex. The fire has stretched across over 618 square miles and was 95 percent contained by Saturday. Washington made progress on the 390 square mile Carlton Complex wildfire that has left 300 families homeless after it incinerated their homes. There are also other fires being fought in Colorado and Utah.