Tens of Thousands Evacuated From California Wildfires
Several wildfires continued to burn across the Golden State on Wednesday. The most dangerous fire currently is the Bluecut Fire, located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The fire started on Tuesday and has burned over 30,000 acres in the Cajon Pass area and as of Wednesday evening was 0% contained. The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has declared a State of Emergency for the fire which has caused the evacuation of 34,500 homes and 82,640 people. There are evacuation centers in the area set up at the Jesse Turner Community Center as well as Sultana High School. Smoke from this fire could be seen across Nevada on Wednesday, including Las Vegas.
The Clayton Fire west of Sacramento has also destroyed 175 structures. As of Wednesday evening, the fire had burned 4,000 acres and was 40% contained. The fire was reportedly started Saturday by 40-year-old Anthony Pashilk of Clearlake, who was arrested Monday on 17 counts of arson. The fire engulfed a 150 year old United Methodist Church on Wednesday.
Another destructive fire is burning Northwest of Paso Robles. The Chimney Fire, which started on Saturday; has claimed 40 structures, 7300 acres and was 25% contained as of Wednesday evening. The structures that have been lost were burned in the San Luis Obispo County. The weather conditions were very dry again on Wednesday in California, which made it very difficult for the firefighters to gain ground.
We’re also keeping an eye on the Cedar Fire northeast of Bakersfield. As of Wednesday night, the fire had consumed 600 acres and was 0% contained.
The largest fire burning in California is the Sobernaise Fire southwest of Salinas. The latest numbers on Wednesday were 76,683 acres burned but at 60% containment.
The Pilot Fire located east of Los Angeles, just to the east of the Blue Cut Fire is now 100% contained. The fire had burned 8,110 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Red Flag Warnings have been issued again in southern California for Thursday. Hot surface temperatures, low humidity values and breezy winds will lead to intense fire conditions again Thursday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Joel Barnes