“Everything Ready to Burn” – High Winds Stoke California Wildfires Burning at Record Pace

Northern California is battling one of the worst blazes in years as the wildfire threat across the state continues to increase. 

As of Tuesday morning, California broke the 1 million acres burned mark, the earliest in a fire season on record. The largest wildfire is Dixie Fire, which already burned 604,000 acres, and is the state’s largest blaze to date. The fire is only 31% contained as of 0846 local time. 

A National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento, Emily Heller, said low humidity and high winds would help fuel wildfires through late Wednesday. 

“Everything is just ready to burn,” Heller said. “We have a trough passing to the northeast, and when that happens, we get northerly winds which tend to dry out portions of our area even more.” 

Utility operator California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E, warned Monday it might have to cut power to nearly 50,000 customers to prevent additional wildfires. In July, PG&E filed documents that their equipment may have started the Dixie Fire.

Dixie has been burning for well over a month, and nearly 6,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. Damage reports already indicate 1,000 homes, businesses, and other structures have been destroyed. The damage might strain the state’s fire fund. 

Across the state, firefighters are battling ten large blazes, including the Dixie Fire. 

Nationally, 104 large fires have been reported in 12 states, burning more than 2.2 million acres, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday. 

California’s fire season may be a record-setting year as the megadrought and constant heatwaves continue to fuel fires. 

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