CalFire by AP
SAN FRANCISCO – Destructive California fires driven by strong winds that caused damage to two mobile home parks, broke several trailers, and one person was injured, officials said.
The fire on Monday also crumbled trees, whipped up blinding dust mites and forced a utility to cut off power to thousands of customers in an effort to prevent the fires.
Although winds calmed Tuesday, about 30 structures were destroyed Monday afternoon when a wind-driven fire erupted at Rancho Marina RV Park in Sacramento County, Delta Fire District Deputy Chief Hugh said Henderson on ABC10-TV. No injuries were reported and the cause remained under investigation.
In San Joaquin County, a man suffered a fire and nearly five mobile homes were damaged by a fire that passed through Islander Mobile Home Park, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Chief Josh Capper told Fox40-TV.
The injured man suffered severe third-degree burns to nearly all of his body, Capper said.
On the south coast of Santa Barbara County, more than 200 firefighters fought the Alisal Fire, which burned more than 12 square miles and remained completely unsatisfied.
The fire erupted Monday afternoon in a ravine and exploded toward the ocean, forcing the closure of US 101, the only major highway in that section of the coast. Evacuation orders have been issued for many areas of the sparsely populated region.
“The fire was burning in the dense chaparral and propelled by strong winds and growing at a rapid pace,” a fire update said Tuesday. The inflow reached 70 mph in some areas, officials said.
The wind came on Monday as a low-pressure system moved from Oregon into the Great Basin. Red flag warnings for dangerous fire hazards remained in effect Tuesday for most within Northern California, with lower wind advisors continuing in Santa Barbara County.
In anticipation of the wind event, the Pacific Gas & Electric utility shut off power to nearly 24,000 customers in the targeted area of 23 provinces to prevent fire start if electrical equipment is damaged.
PG&E said Monday night that its meteorologists have begun issuing “all-clear” advice for parts of the areas affected by the public safety power shutdown and that personnel are patrolling de -energy line to check for damage before restoring power.
PG&E equipment is being blamed for a 2018 fire that destroyed nearly every Paradise town in Butte County. The company has filed losses and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter. PG&E also faces multiple criminal charges for fire caused by these precautionary devices, including an accidental manslaughter charge last month in connection with a fire near the city of Redding last year. killed four people.
Windy weather is a nightmare for firefighters in a state where heat waves and historic drought tied to climate change have left forests and famous tinder-dry. The fires that started late summer are still burning after destroying hundreds of homes.
In the Sierra Nevada, the KNP Complex fire that could burn hundreds of giant sequoias is at only 30% content. On Monday, a firefighter was struck by a rolling rock. The firefighter was airlifted to a hospital and is in stable condition, fire officials said.