Fires in California Destroy at Least 100 Structures and Force Thousands of Evacuations
A least three fires, part of the deceivingly benign-sounding Happy Camp Complex, are charring large swaths of the idyllic Klamath National Forest in Northern California. The fire, which has been burning for more than a month, is being fueled by strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures.
The most recent arm of the Happy Camp Complex, the Boles Fire, was first noted on Monday Sept. 15. And it has since blown through a small Northern California town of Weed, devastating parts of the community.
The fire is responsible for incinerating more than 100 structures and has forced the evacuation of nearly 2,000 Californians.
Officials say as of Tuesday morning the Boles Fire has burned more than 375 acres and is only about 20 percent contained. More than 1,000 fire personnel are on the ground working to extinguish the blaze.
Luckily, no fatalities have been reported. That’s mostly due to residents having ample lead time to evacuate. According to CALFIRE three people have been injured, their conditions are unknown at this time.
A bit of good news: The weather will be changing for the better in the coming days. While it was hot and dry on Tuesday, and red flag warning blanked much of the area; Wednesday, moisture is expected to surge into the region and rain chances will increase through Thursday.
Lower temperatures, higher humidity and decent rain chances are welcome news to residents and firefighters alike. The changing weather patterns are likely to aid in the containment efforts.
Overall containment of the Happy Camp Complex is about 55%, as of Tuesday afternoon. But, with help from Mother Nature firefighters hope to have to entire complex at 100% containment by Saturday afternoon.
So far, the Happy Camp Complex has burned more than 113,000 acres.
Meteorologists at WeatherNation are keeping an eye on the situation and will being you the latest as information becomes available.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond