UNITED STATES – A heaven worthy of a horror movie. A violent fire, which can be considered a “megafire”, has destroyed the forests of California since Friday July 22 and continues to spread on Monday July 25, causing the evacuation of thousands of people, in the context of the force heat spikes affecting tens of millions of Americans across the United States.
The fire, dubbed the “Oak Fire,” spread to Mariposa County, near Yosemite National Park and its famous giant sequoias. It “expanded significantly in the northern part, moving even into the Sierra National Forest,” according to a bulletin released Sunday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
Favored by “extreme drought”, wind and rising temperatures, the fire, fought by about 2,000 firefighters supported by 17 helicopters, burned at least 6,313 hectares of forest, destroyed 10 properties, harmed five others and threatened several thousand, as you can see in the video below.
More than 6,000 people, mostly living in small communities at high altitude, had to evacuate on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the California fire department, as quoted by the newspaper. Los Angeles Times.
The fire will not be contained and the heat, combined with low humidity, will “hinder” efforts to fight it, CAL FIRE said. On Saturday, “a state of emergency for Mariposa County due to the effects of the Oak Fire” was declared, state governor Gavin Newsom announced in a statement.
A scary cloudy event
As the fire doubled in intensity, California’s sky gradually changed due to a cloudy event that almost completely blocked the sky.
Smoke billowing from the fire has formed a thick cloud cover in Mariposa County, but winds have spread the smoke, which is now affecting much of the northern Sierra Nevada, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the northern Sacramento Valley, as as seen in images taken from space. .
In three days, the equivalent of 63 km² was destroyed by fire. In comparison, the city of San Francisco reaches a distance equal to 121 km², proof of the particularly aggressive nature of this fire.
“It was scary when we left, because we took ash with us and we had such a vision of this cloud of smoke. It seemed to be above our house and quickly coming towards us,” Lynda Reynolds-Brown, a woman who had to leave his home, told local television station KCRA 3.
Yosemite Park, one of the most famous in the world, experienced a fire in the middle of July, its flames threatened its giant sequoias.
The American West has experienced wildfires of unprecedented size and intensity in recent years, with a marked extension of the fire season, a phenomenon scientists attribute to climate change.
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