Historic wildfire destroyed more than 400 California homes and businesses
Favorable weather conditions slowed the spread of wildfires slightly this weekend. Although the thick layer of smoke over the area worsened air quality, the cloud of smoke also led to lower temperatures, a slight decrease in winds and an increase in humidity, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, in the coming days, it will get warmer again, with temperatures approaching 38 degrees, which could spark the fire again.
“Live trees in the area have less moisture than, say, firewood you buy at the store,” a fire service spokesperson said. Ten more wildfires are currently raging in the state due to the ongoing drought in California. Dixie is now the largest by volume in all of the United States.
The forest fire broke out in mid-July for unknown reasons. Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire started due to a tree falling on an electric cable. The fire is expected to be put out within two weeks.
According to Agence France-Presse, a larger area was already burned by wildfires in California at the end of July compared to the same period last year. The news agency wrote that 2020 was the most devastating year in the state’s recent history in terms of wildfires.
It was the biggest wildfire since records began in California in August of last year. Then it caught fire in an area twice as large as it is now.
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