The forest fire in California, dubbed "Dixie", is spreading at a high speed due to unfavorable weather conditions and has already covered an area of 112 thousand hectares. This was announced on Wednesday by the state fire department.
According to him, to date it has been possible to take control of only 35% of the area of the fire, while since the end of July it has almost tripled. In total, more than 6 thousand foci of forest fires were recorded in the state this year, the fire destroyed 234, 5 thousand hectares of forest and 400 buildings.
Due to the heat, sharp gusts of wind and humidity less than 10%, it is almost impossible to predict the rate of spread of the flame, which begins to approach popular recreation areas, in particular Lake Almanor, according to The Mercury News. "I really do not have an understanding of what this thing will represent in a few days. This fire is just huge," - quotes the publication of the words of the representative of firefighters Rick Carhart.
Smoke from the fires is expected to reach San Francisco, one of the state's largest cities, in the coming days. Local authorities are preparing to issue a warning of a serious deterioration in air quality.
5 thousand firefighters are involved in the fight against the fire. According to forecasts of meteorologists, wind gusts may subside somewhat by Friday.