A California A wildfire swept through Nevada, prompting further evacuations, but better weather conditions helped crews fight the nation 's largest fire in southern Oregon.
Meanwhile, California's leading utility provider PG&E has announced a multibillion-dollar effort to bury 16,000 km of its power lines, after its electrical equipment was again accused of starting a separate, rapidly growing fire in northeastern state.
Dozens of fires are burning across the American West. The Tamarack Fire, which crossed Nevada, burns south of Lake Tahoe and had burned over 176 square kilometers of wood and of chaparral in the national forests on Thursday.summer on July 4th and was one of nearly two dozen lightning-triggered fires.
More than 1,200 firefighters were fighting the Alps County fire, which has 10 buildings, forced evacuations in several communities and closed parts of US 395 in Nevada and California. Firefighters were expecting active or extreme fire behavior on Thursday, which could see winds of 14 mph (23 km / h) and temperatures approaching 90 F (32 C).
Morgana-Le-Fae Veatch, an evacuee, said she had boxed most of her belongings already because she was starting community college next week , but her parents lost their home in a fire in 1987.
"So it was really very stressful for them," she said.
To the north-west, the summer pleasures of boating and swimmingnade ended abruptly. for vacationers at Lake Almanor as the Dixie Fire spread across the western flank of the Sierra Nevada,
Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest utility provider in state, recently informed state regulators that the Dixie Fire was started after a 70-foot (23-meter) pine tree spilled over one of its power lines . The state's largest electricity company has long been criticized for its equipment's role in starting devastating fires, including the 2018 camp fire that killed more than 80 people and destroyed thousands of homes in and around Paradise Town.
The intimidating project to bury power lines, announced on Wednesdayedi, aims to bury approximately 10% of PG&E's distribution and transmission lines at a projected cost of $ 15 to $ 30 billion, based on how much the process currently costs. Previous PG&E regimes have steadfastly resisted plans to bury long stretches of power lines because of the expense involved.
But the company's recently hired CEO, Patricia "Patti " Poppe said on Wednesday that she quickly realized after joining PG&E in January that moving the lines underground was the best way to protect both the utility and the 16 million people who live in it. depend on electricity.
"It 's too expensive not to do this. Lives are at stake," Poppe told reporters. PG&E only said it would take several years to bury the lines.
Meanwhile, Oregon on Wednesday banned all fireworks.camp on state-managed land and in state campgrounds east of Interstate 5, the main highway that is generally considered to be the dividing line between the party humid west of the state and half is dry.
The the biggest wildfire in the country , that of Oregon Contraband fire has reached 624 square miles, just over half the size of Rhode Island.
The lightning-triggered Oregon Blaze ravaged the sparsely populated southern part of the state and spread to 'at four miles a day, driven by strong winds and extremely dry weather that turned the trees and undergrowth into powder kegs.
firefighters had to withdraw from the flames for 10 consecutive days as fireballs leap from treetops to treetops, trees explode, embers fly past the fire to start new fires and, in some cases, the heat of hell creates its own climate of shifting winds and dry lightning. Monstrous clouds of smoke and ash rose six miles into the sky and are visible over 100 miles.
The blaze, which is fought by more than 2,200 people, is contained by more than a third.
At least 2000 housesns were evacuated at one point during the fire and another 5,000 were threatened. At least 70 houses and over 100 outbuildings burned down, but no one died.
Extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves linked to the climate crisis made the fires of forest more difficult to fight. Climate change has made the west much hotter and drier over the past 30 years and will continue to make weather conditions more extreme and forest fires more frequent and destructive.