California and The West experience Wildfires

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As the drought continues, the state has seen an increase of heatwaves that have now shattered the records of all other heatwaves that have occurred in the past.

Firefighters have been working overtime in the extreme heat to contain the worst of the wildfires that have now become a daily occurrence and are raging across the US West, with California as the center of it all.

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The Beckwourth Complex, which saw the worst of the wildfires this year was raging just along the Nevada state line and has reportedly burned approximately 140 sq miles (362 sq miles) as of Monday 12th of July. The state regulators have asked the consumers of electricity to aid in conserving as much electricity as they possibly could to avoid any other power outages starting in mid day.

In Oregon, the Bootleg fire exploded to 240 sq miles as it raced towards its way to the heavy timber in the Fremont-Winema national forest, right near the Klamath county town of the Sprague river. The fire put pressure on the power grids of the neighboring states of California, thereby disrupting service on three transmission lines that are responsible for providing at least 5,500 megawatts of electricity to the state.

Hundreds of people residing in the Klamath falls area of California have now been put under strict evacuation orders.

In South East Washington state, there are reports of the wildfires growing to almost 60 sq miles while down in Idaho, the Governor of the state, Brad little has mobilized the help of the national guards to fight fires that sparked as a result of the lightning storms that swept across the drought stricken regions.

The fires are spreading and extreme temperatures are blasting off to the American west, with the consistent reminder of excessive heat warnings in a large number of places as at Monday. Over the last weekend, a scorching of 130f was hit in Death Valley, marking what is possibly the highest recorded ambient temperature ever to occur on Earth.

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Palm Springs in Southern California also reportedly hit a new recorded temperature of 120F on Saturday, while the city of Las Vegas had a tie of the record of their all time high of 117F.

The national Weather service sent a warning stating that the dangerous weather conditions could cause heat related diseases/ illnesses.

It was reported that in Arizona, while a survey of the wildfires was ongoing in rural Mohave county, a small plane crashed on Saturday 10th of July, all members of the crew died on impact. The plane, a Beech C-90 was aiding with reconnaissance over the lightning- caused fire, which sparked up due to lightning near the little community of Wikieup, the north west of Phoenix when the plane crashed, around noon.

Officials that arrived at the site identified the victims as Jeff Piechura, a 62 year old retired Tucson-area fire chief who was at the time working for the Coronado national forest and Mathew Miller, a 48 year old pilot with Falcon executive aviation which was contracted by the US forest service.

The national transportation board of safety is carrying out an investigation into what could have been the cause.

The evacuation orders were in effect for more than 3,000 residents of the affected areas in remote California Lassen and Pluma countries. Some age old structures were also lost to the wildfires over the weekend in an area called Doyle, California, a town with an estimate of about 600 residents.

The fire control workers in the city are hard at work to contain the fires and one can only hope it doesn’t get any worse.

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