The little California mountain town of Greenville has now turned to ash The Dixie Fire had consumed about 432,813 acres, according to an estimate released Friday (August 6) morning The flames also reached the town of Chester, northwest of Greenville, but crews managed to protect homes and businesses there,
B.C Premier John Horgan said 62 new fires were reported in B.C. in the past 24 hours, forcing authorities to issue new evacuation orders affecting some 700 people in B.C.`s Cariboo region. The sizzling heat wave also ravaged the U.S. Northwest with record-high temperatures. Lytton set a record of 49.6 degrees Celsius (121.28 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.
A report said that Australia`s changing climate patterns can be attributed to increase in greenhouse gases. It added that Australia`s climate has warmed on average by 1.44 degrees celsius since 1910 and this will result in more wildfires, droughts, and marine heatwaves. Longer-lasting marine heatwaves will raise the likelihood of more frequent bleaching events in coral reefs, including the Great Barrier reef.
The so-called Hillside fire quickly devoured more than 200 acres (80 hectares) of dry scrub and destroyed or damaged at least six homes before firefighters managed to keep the flames from advancing farther, fire officials said. As of the early afternoon, crews had managed to carve containment lines around 50% of the fire`s perimeter. No injuries were reported, but evacuation orders remained in effect for nearly 500 homes, displacing about 1,300 residents.
Over the last few weeks, the utility has been enacting preventative shutoffs all over northern and central California, but this weekend could be the largest this year. The wildfire has burned an estimated 25,455 acres and was 10 per cent contained as of Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.