October 20, 2021

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The biggest fire to devastate California creates its own climate (photos)


5,400 firefighters are mobilizing against the flames of a dixie fire in the jungles of Northern California. The fire has only been growing since mid-July, triggered by heat, dangerous drought and continuous winds.

The Dixie fire is so large that it has already created clouds called pyrocumulus in recent days, which feed on lightning, high winds and fire instead.

“Tomorrow will be very difficult: if these clouds are high enough, they have the potential to generate lightning,” warned Julia Ruthford, the meteorologist assigned to the blaze.

Rescuers have been sent to Florida from afar to give a loan.

Despite its size, the Dixie fire has so far progressed mainly in the most isolated areas, which explains why so far only dozens of structures (houses and other buildings) have been destroyed.

Advancing on very steep paths, firefighters are sometimes assisted by a train, from which they can drop plenty of water into inaccessible areas.

But in these weather conditions, AFP Rick Garhard, a spokesman for firefighters, explains that “emperors can easily fly more than a kilometer from the fire,” and places that welcome evacuees, such as the village of Quincy, threaten themselves.

Wildfires are common in California – many wonder what is on fire. But due to climate change, this summer has been particularly violent.

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This year has already caused 3 times more plant fires than it had at this time in 2020, but it was the worst year in California history.