California and Yosemite in the grip of an “explosive” fire!

A state of emergency has been declared in California due to the oak fire, a second fire at the gates of Yosemite Park. Within three days, the fire had become the largest fire of 2022.

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a Fire Extreme violence began Friday in Mariposa County, California, next to Yosemite National Park. Within three days, from Friday to Sunday evening, the oak fire burned more than 6,300 hectares and destroyed about twenty buildings and homes. The American West is currently going through a wave of the heat, which led to a rise in temperatures to 38 degrees Celsius in this region of California last Saturday. humidity level inair It’s also reached near-record levels: 8 to 9 percent humidity this Sunday, while normal humidity is 30 to 50 percent in this area at this time.

Out of control fire stoked by dead trees

Combined with severe statewide drought, strong winds, and completely dry vegetation, the heat created the perfect conditions for new fires to start. Because Yosemite Park is already affected Another fire, “Washburn Fire” which started on July 7 and is now 87% contained. Yosemite forests, and in general the entire state of California, are affected Giant tree mortality Related to drought, past fires and parasites: Dead pine is excellent fuel That allows new bulbs to start more easily and progress faster.

The commander of the 2,000 firefighters present on the spot described this fire as “explosive”, as its development was rapid. If it’s still completely out of control on Monday, July 25th and continues to advance, the fire is still not as intense as it has been over the weekend. No rain is expected for the next 15 days near Yosemite, with temperatures hovering between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius.

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