Publicado: Sol, Octubre 15, 2017
Salud | By Gezane Tiscareno

High winds threaten to revive deadly blazes — California wildfires

High winds threaten to revive deadly blazes — California wildfires

Officials said Friday that firefighters had finally made progress in containing the fires.

While there's growing interest in investigating the fingerprints of climate change on extreme weather events, it's often challenging for scientists to parse out its influence versus other natural and human factors-and, as experts have warned time and again, no single weather event can be attributed solely to the effects of climate change.

Video was released of body camera footage on the first night of the fire, showing an unnamed deputy braving wild flames and thick smoke to clear out a community already being devoured by the flames. "They have the potential to shift in any direction at any time". Mark Ghilarducci, state director of emergency services, added that: "we are not even close to being out of this emergency".

Death toll rises to 35 as wind-driven blazes merge in Northern California. Some of the west coast state's most historic tourist landmarks, including Sonoma city and Calistoga in Napa Valley, have been reduced to mere ghost towns, currently populated only by crews of embattled firefighters.

Some scientists are also concerned that if wildfires become more frequent or intense, the carbon emissions they release could exacerbate the progression of climate change, leading to a kind of feedback loop-more warming leads to more fires, which release more carbon, which causes more warming, and so on. "Everything is very dynamic", Rein said. Several wineries were burnt to the ground.

The other big fire, the Atlas Fire centered in Napa and Solano counties, did not grow much, according to Cal Fire; it remained at nearly 43,000 acres and was 3 percent contained, up from zero the day before.

An entire neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California, was leveled after a massive wildfire incinerated swaths of wine country early this week.

Air tankers from one air base dropped a record 330,000 gallons (1.2 million liters) of retardant on the fire on Friday, he said.

"We're seeing the worst air quality ever recorded in many parts of the Bay Area". Another study in Ecosphere from last year concluded that three-quarters of the nation's national parks have seen an advance in the timing of spring over the last century. Truckee, Salinas, Santa Cruz and Atascadero, all affected by the wildfires, had readings between 151 and 158, regarded as unhealthy. Nineteen people have died in Sonoma County, eight in Mendocino County, four in Napa County and four in Yuba County.

And in fact, one of the largest fires, the Tubbs Fire, which one one of the fires that did grow a bit in acreage, was 10 percent contained. More evacuations have been ordered across Northern California as the wildfires spread.

Cal Fire meanwhile said that strong winds could spark new fires.

"It's an unwieldy beast right now", fire information officer Dennis Rein said at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, the main staging area for the so-called Nuns Fire in Sonoma County, a wine-producing region.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour were forecast in some areas and the "critical fire weather conditions" would continue into the weekend.

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