Deadly wildfires ravage the California landscape as warm temperatures fan the flames. President Donald Trump has declared the fires a major disaster, to free up funds for those affected by the devastation.
CalFire said, “The extreme fire behavior with short and long range sightings continues to challenge firefighting efforts.
“The fires continue to spread in several directions and have an impact on several communities. ”
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Nearly 14,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fires, but containment of the largest remains weak.
Smoke and ash blanketed much of northern California for days, drifting for miles and visible from several states.
What’s the biggest fire that’s burning right now?
The biggest fire is the LNU Lightning Complex, which started with several small fires and then merged into a huge mass of flames.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant told a press briefing on Sunday that the LNU complex had burned down on approximately 340,000 acres in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo and Solano counties.
The LNU complex fire is now the second largest wildfire on record in the state.
On Sunday afternoon, the devastating fire was only 17% contained.
Mr Berlant said that in the south, the SCU Lightning complex was almost as large, at 339,000 acres, and only 10% contained.
He added that more dry thunderstorms were expected through Tuesday and that so-called red flag warnings had been issued across much of northern and central California.
This is due to a record-breaking heat wave that inflamed the state for more than a week.
The heatwave was caused by a dome of high atmospheric pressure hovering over the American Southwest.
Meteorologists say that same high pressure ridge also siphoned off moisture from the remnants of a now dissipated tropical storm off the coast of Mexico,
This created perfect conditions for thunderstorms across much of California.
Most of the precipitation from storms evaporates before it reaches the ground, leaving dry lightning that contributed to a volatile forest fire season.
The American Lung Association has warned that the coronavirus pandemic has increased health risks posed by smoky air and extreme heat.
Afif El-Hassan, a medical spokesperson for the Lung Association, said inhaling smoke and ash can worsen the weakened lungs of people with COVID-19.