Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

California wildfire: Forest blazes continue as firefighters battle record temperatures | World | News

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The fires even led the National Weather Service to issue a warning for the possibility of fire tornadoes. The NWS said a ‘pyrocumulonimbus’ cloud on Saturday was “capable of producing a fire induced tornado and outflow winds in excess of 60 mph”.

Currently, the service warns of “blistering, widespread excessive heat” continuing across the US West Coast.

It added new fires are expected, due to thunderstorms with “abundant lightning” sparking blazes from Nevada and eastern California through to southwestern Montana.

What have been described as “isolated severe storms” are also expected across “parts of eastern Oregon into far southwest Idaho and southern Arizona.”

The fires come amid record high temperatures for many western areas of the US.

The NWS said in a statement yesterday the heat should “culminate” across the Pacific Northwest today, but added the wave of high temperatures will continue across “much” of the western US for a few days.

It said: “Record high temperatures are forecast for many locations the next few days as afternoon temperatures surpass the century mark from the interior Pacific Northwest down to the Desert Southwest.

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LA County Fire Department said on Twitter the strikes “caused spotting, which quickly spread the fire generating several large-scale fires that compromised current and proposed containment lines.”

Towards the end of last week, FOX LA news reporter Bill Melugin highlighted the violent and erratic nature of the recent blazes he covered.

He said: “I can genuinely say this fire just acted as one of the most erratic that I’ve seen in my career here in LA through all the fires I’ve covered.”

“Winds picked up hardcore. Flames totally horizontal. Mass evacuations of firefighters falling back.

There will be a public meeting a 6pm Monday night to discuss the Lake Fire – a blaze currently burning in the Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes.

That fire started on Wednesday, August 12, and has so far burned more than 18,000 acres according to the Angeles Nation Forest twitter account.

A recent update posted to the LA County Fire Department’s Twitter account states the Lake Fire is currently 12 percent contained.

The situation summary notes steep and rugged terrain is currently posing a challenge to the safety of firefighters.

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