Authorities issued evacuation orders for areas affected by the Lake Fire and Ranch2 Fire in Los Angeles County, California; the Mosier Creek fire in Wasco County, Oregon; and fires at Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek and Cameron Peak in Colorado.
Mandatory evacuations were carried out for the residents of Lake Hughes and the surrounding areas.
The weather is not helping. Some of the hottest summer temperatures are forecast for Fridays and weekends in 11 states from Texas to California and the Northwest. According to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen, nearly 85 million people are being warned, monitored or advised for heat on Friday.
From increasingly severe droughts to “changing weather”, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said, making the rainy season wetter and drier, climate change is hitting California harder than ever. with almost anywhere else in America.
Wildfires are one of the clearest and most devastating examples of this. Numerous studies have linked increases in carbon dioxide emissions and temperature escalation with increased burning area across the western United States, particularly in California.
The Colorado blaze is the nation’s ‘top firefighting priority’
Governor Jared Polis called the Grizzly Creek fire “top fire priority” during a press conference on Friday, with resources coming from across the country to fight the blaze. According to InciWeb, the fire broke out on August 10 in Glenwood Gorge, but the cause is still unknown.
Marty Adell, incident commander of the United States Forest Service, said the fire on Thursday and the warning would break out even more in the next few days. Fire crews are facing high temperatures, wind and relatively low humidity, he said. Adell said some of the affected areas were inaccessible, making it difficult to move firefighters and equipment on site.
While the fire prompted several evacuation orders, Polis said Friday that the main impact was traffic being closed.
“The fire was literally on Highway 70,” he said.
The state of the fire was worsened by the dry weather, the governor said.
“All Colorado is currently in a drought,” Polis said. “So we are at high risk in many of our areas. I want to make sure it’s a clear message for campers and others to really limit the activities that can cause them.” out on fire as we carry out our daily lives. ”
CNN’s Stella Chan, Jamiel Lynch, Sarah Moon and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.