September 9, 2020 – In Breaking News – Fox News
More than a dozen California firefighters trying to protect a fire station in rugged mountains were overrun by flames Tuesday, and several were hurt.
Elsewhere, military helicopters rescued more than 150 people stranded in a burning forest.
Fourteen firefighters deployed emergency shelters as flames overtook them and destroyed the Nacimiento Station in the Los Padres National Forest on the state’s central coast, the U.S. Forest Service said.
They suffered from burns and smoke inhalation, and three were flown to a hospital in Fresno, where one was in critical condition.
(ABC News’ Zohreen Shah reports on the fires ravaging the western U.S. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Sep 8, 2020.)
The injuries came as wind-driven flames of more than two dozen major fires chewed through bone-dry California and forced new evacuations after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people.
— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 9, 2020
Pilots wearing night-vision goggles to find a place to land before dawn pulled another 164 people from the Sierra National Forest and were working to rescue 17 others Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
“It’s where training meets the moment, but it always takes the courage, the conviction and the grit of real people doing real work,” said Newsom, who called the fires historic.
(A gender reveal party outside Los Angeles sparked a massive wildfire that is still burning. A pyrotechnic device that explodes blue or pink smoke to announce the sex of an unborn baby was ignited, but quickly got out of hand with temperatures over 100 degrees and plenty of fuel to feed the fire in the brush in the surrounding area. Jenna Karvundis is credited with starting the gender-reveal trend over 10 years ago with pink icing in a cake to reveal her baby’s gender. She says enough is enough. Courtesy of Inside Edition and YouTube. Posted on Sep 8, 2020.)
California has already set a record with nearly 2.3 million acres (930,800 hectares) burned this year, and the worst part of the wildfire season is just beginning.
The previous acreage record was set just two years ago and included the deadliest wildfire in state history, which was started by power lines and swept through the community of Paradise, killing 85 people.
Wildfire nightmare unfolding tonight in Oregon. pic.twitter.com/KfcLrvbyVK
— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) September 9, 2020
That 2018 blaze forced the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, to seek bankruptcy protection and guard against new disasters by cutting power preemptively when fire conditions are exceptionally dangerous.
(Smoke filled the skies as wildfires raged in Washington County, Oregon, on Tuesday. Emergency crews battled the flames as blazes spread across a large area of the county, coming close to homes and destroying woodland. Courtesy of Bloomberg QuickTake News and YouTube. Posted on Sep 8, 2020.)
More outages were expected in Northern California as high and dry winds were expected until Wednesday.
More than 14,000 firefighters were battling fires around the state.
Two of the three largest blazes in state history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area, though they are largely contained after burning three weeks.
(Global satellite data indicate wildfires are becoming bigger and more intense. WSJ talks with NASA’s Doug Morton to understand the science behind what’s making the planet more flammable and making fires harder to control. Courtesy of Noah Berger/Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2020.)
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