Several inhabitants of Northern California have been displaced as a result of the second-largest wildfire in the history of the state. The country has been battling about 96 active fires that have ravaged almost two million acres of land. Many buildings have been razed by the fire, and up to 80 structures have been damaged in Nevada and Placer County in the golden state of California.
Almost 2,000 people have had to evacuate the county, and over 4,000 in Nevada have been warned of the imminent threat and are also under orders to leave the area as quickly as they can.
Many residents don't seem to be paying a lot of attention to the threat as firefighters are having trouble getting residents to obey the evacuation order. The Sheriff of Placer County, Devon Bell, had warned residents about taking the evacuation orders seriously.
“If you receive an order, get out. Do not take your chances... We do not need you in there; you're taking your life in your hands," Bell had said at a news conference after the fires started in an attempt to make residents understand the severity of the situation.
The leadership of California has expressed that having to evacuate people instead of focusing on the fires is not helping with efficiency in fighting it. Jake Cagle, chief of operations in one section of the state commented that residents are even threatening the firefighters and resisting evacuation.
A state of emergency has been declared by the governor in three counties as a result of the River and Antelope fires that started at the beginning of August and have burnt over 20,000 land acres. Meanwhile, the historical mining town of Greenville has been completely lost to the Dixie fire that ravaged Plumas County in northern California.
Thankfully, for now, there’s no record of death although the Sheriff's office said there were about five people unaccounted for, two of which have been found.
The cause of the fire remains largely unknown but expert speculation is that it may have started as a result of a tree falling on one of the utility's power lines. The heatwaves that have hit North America as a result of the fires are at record temperatures of 47 degrees Celsius, and there have been reports of some sudden deaths that are being associated with heat.
In addition, two firefighters died in an aircraft crash in Arizona as they tried to put out some fires, and more firefighters have reported that the water even gets evaporated before it reaches the ground because of how hot and dry the air is.
According to the Los Angeles Times, there was a fire whose size increased twofold within two days and sent up a huge cloud of smoke that also created its lightning.
What’s more disturbing is that experts expect that there’s more to come. In fact, forecasts predict that Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and some portions of Montana will be under high pressure due to the heat surrounding them. The temperatures are going to be high and there's a possibility for even more wildfires as a result.