Large forest fires are reported in central, northern and southern California this week, with the worst cases being in the San Fernando Valley, 32 kilometers north of Los Angeles.
On October 11, Jerry Rowe used a plastic hose to rescue his home in the Sadrich Fire.
Los Angeles Fire Department said that the fire broke out on the evening of the 10th local day and spread rapidly in the city of Silma. By the evening of the 11th, the fire had devoured at least 3052 hectares of land and burned more than 30 houses. Authorities say the fire expanded at an average rate of 324 hectares per hour. Several expressways were closed, and subway services, businesses and schools were all suspended. A middle-aged man died of a heart attack while fighting a fire.
The red alarm was still on on the 12th, indicating that the situation of the fires had not improved. Authorities sent 1,000 firefighters to various fire sites to spray fire extinguishers from the air by helicopters and small planes; however, as of 11, only 13% of the fires were under control, and authorities believe it will take several days to stop the forest fires.
California Pacific Coal and Electricity Co. turns off power in each disaster area to avoid more forest fires caused by strong winds blowing down cables. About 800,000 households were affected in the central and southern parts of the state on November 11, and 2 million in the northern part this week.
On October 11, firefighters sprayed water on a fire farm in Porter Ranch, California. Wildfires are reported to spread rapidly across the foothills of Southern California, forcing local authorities to evacuate about 100,000 people from northern Los Angeles. Wildfires have killed two people and destroyed at least 25 homes.
The authorities are still investigating how the fires started. Fire departments say climate change causes drier and longer dry seasons, leading to alternate forest fires in different parts of California throughout the year.
California Governor Newsom called the phenomenon Californias new normal, and this week he signed 22 decrees that set aside funds in state budgets to deal with forest fires and emergencies.
After Californias biggest blackout in history, the CEO of the power company apologized: Not ready
Californias unprecedented massive blackout has lasted for several days, and as of 1 p.m. local time on October 11, nearly 200,000 households are still without power supply. Under heavy pressure, Bill Johnson, president of PG&E, said in a statement on the 10th that I am responsible for everything. He appealed to the public to reduce attacks and abuses against employees of the company, emphasizing that they could bring back light for communities.
But Johnson also admitted, We have a lot to do, and we need to do better than this one. Better communications, better notifications, better instructions, website crashes, inaccurate maps, this time we didnt keep our promises.