California: Wildfires Kill 3 people

Wildfires in California have claimed the lives of three people One of the victims was found inside a vehicle while trying to flee the fla...

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  • Wildfires in California have claimed the lives of three people
  • One of the victims was found inside a vehicle while trying to flee the flames
  • Hundreds of houses and other buildings are believed to have been damaged or destroyed

Three people have died due to a wildfire in Northern California and thousands have fled their homes, authorities said Wednesday.

Two people were found dead in one location and a third in another, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced. She did not provide details, but California Highway Patrol Agent Ben Draper told the Bay Area News Group that one was found in a vehicle in which she was apparently trying to flee the flames, according to. The Associated Press.

The fire northeast of San Francisco threatens diverse communities. Fueled by strong winds, the fire has destroyed a 40-kilometer (25-mile) stretch of mountainous terrain and parched slopes.

Hundreds of homes and other buildings are believed to have been damaged or destroyed, fire officials told a news conference.
The fire even threatened the town of Paradise, destroyed two years ago by the deadliest fire in the state’s history, generating a wave of panic that led to traffic congestion as residents tried to flee.

California Fire Deaths: At least 3 fatalities

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The blaze that has been called the North Complex was one of more than two dozen in the state, including three of the five largest to date, amid windy and dry conditions.

Forecasters predicted an improvement in weather conditions that could help firefighters overtaken by the fire.

In Washington, more acres burned in a single day compared to what firefighters typically serve year-round. The fires also forced people to flee their homes in Oregon and Idaho.

A current of polar air helped slow the spread of wildfires in Colorado and Montana.

Since mid-August, fires in California have killed eight people, destroyed more than 3,600 structures, burned old redwoods and chaparral, and forced the evacuation of communities near the coast, in the wine country and in the Sierra Nevada.

Experts predict worse climate disasters in the future

Wildfires cover a record area in California, fueled by a nearly 20-year drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don’t usually burn today are on fire.

Meanwhile, the 16th and 17th named tropical storms of the season have formed over the Atlantic, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon Hishen hit Japan and the Korean Peninsula this week.

Last month, the heat reached 54.4 degrees Celsius (130 ° F) in Death Valley, the highest temperature on Earth in nearly a century.

Phoenix continues to hit record highs and Colorado went from 90 ° F (32 ° C) heat to snow this week. Siberia, famous for its frigid climate, reached 37 ° C (100 ° F) a few weeks ago, accompanied by wildfires. Before that, Australia and the Amazon burned.

Experts predict worse climate disasters in the future

Wildfires cover a record area in California, fueled by a nearly 20-year drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that do not usually catch fire today are on fire.

Meanwhile, the 16th and 17th named tropical storms of the season have formed over the Atlantic, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon Hishen hit Japan and the Korean Peninsula this week. Last month, the heat reached 54.4 degrees Celsius (130 ° F) in Death Valley, the highest temperature on Earth in nearly a century.

Phoenix continues to hit record highs and Colorado went from 90 ° F (32 ° C) heat to snow this week. Siberia, famous for its frigid climate, reached 37 ° C (100 ° F) a few weeks ago, accompanied by wildfires. Before that, Australia and the Amazon burned.

In the midst of all this, the system of hurricane-force straight-line winds known as the “right” caused millionaire damage in Iowa and went almost unnoticed.

Eccentric natural disasters – most of which are related to climate change, according to scientists – seem to happen everywhere in crazy 2020. However, experts say that we will probably look back and say that those were the days. good, when disasters weren’t so rampant.

“It’s going to get a lot worse,” climate scientist Kim Cobb of the Georgia Institute of Technology said Wednesday. “I say this emphatically because it defies the imagination. And knowing that is what scares being a climatologist in 2020 ”.

The director of environmental science at the University of Colorado, Waleed Abdalati, a former NASA chief scientist, said the trajectory of increasingly worse disasters and climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas is clear, and corresponds to the Basic physics.

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“I have a firm belief that we are going to look back in 10 years, surely in 20 and definitely in 50 to say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a runaway year, but I miss it,” Abdalati said.

That’s because what is happening now is the kind of climate alteration that scientists had predicted 10 or 20 years ago.

“It seems like this is what we were always talking about a decade ago,” said climate scientist Kathie Dello of North Carolina State University.

Even so, Cobb pointed out that the true magnitude of what is happening now was difficult to comprehend then. Just as the future of climate disasters is difficult to understand now.

“A year like 2020 could have been the subject of a wonderful science fiction movie in 2000,” stated Cobb. “Now we have to watch and absorb disaster after disaster after disaster in real time, in addition to the pandemic. The outlook couldn’t be bleaker. It’s a horrifying prospect. “

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“The 2030s is going to be noticeably worse than the 2020s,” he added.

The environmental dean of the University of Michigan, climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck, said that, in 30 years, due to climate change already instilled in the atmosphere “we are practically guaranteed twice what we have now.”

The forecasts are stronger winds, more drought, more downpours and floods, Abdalati said.

“The kinds of things we’re seeing are no surprise to the (scientific) community that understands the rules and laws of physics,” Abdalati stated.

“Many people want to hold 2020 accountable, but 2020 did not cause this,” Dello noted. “We know what behavior caused climate change.”

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