Wildfires in California Blocking Out the Sun!

It was later in the day before we could even get a glimpse of the sun. The haze in the air was thick with smoke. The temps were supposed to be over 100º but it only reached 91º, which in my opinion is still very hot. Wildfires are something new to us.

FROM THE SACRAMENTO BEE NEWSPAPER:

The River and Dixie fires continue to spread. Northern California is on fire with explosive growth at the River Fire, the continued spread of the Dixie Fire and multiple fires in the Klamath and Shasta-Trinity National forests.

More than 20,000 firefighters and support personnel battled 97 active wildfires covering 2,919 square miles in 13 U.S. states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

We are currently at Flag City RV Resort, one half hour south of Sacramento, California.

DIXIE FIRE

The Dixie Fire burning in Butte, Tehama and Plumas counties is now the sixth-largest in California history after it exploded to 322,000 acres (435 square miles).

Much of the tiny Plumas County community of Greenville was in ruins Thursday, reduced to ashes by the Dixie Fire. Cal Fire said the three-week-old fire grew to 322,502 acres overnight, driven by fierce winds, and leveled parts of Greenville, a Gold Rush-era community of about 1,000. “Reports indicate that Greenville is 75 percent destroyed,” federal fire officials said in an incident briefing.

The Dixie Fire is the largest fire in California this year and the sixth-largest by acreage in state history. It grew by about 15% overnight and remained 35% contained for the third day.

RIVER FIRE

The River Fire located 45 miles northeast of Sacramento led to the evacuation of thousands of residents in Nevada and Placer County. It started Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. when crews responded to a vegetation fire on Bear River Campground. It has since exploded to over 2,400 acres and 0% of the fire was contained as of 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

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We are glad that we traveled south of those fires just a few short days ago. If what we are seeing in the smoky atmosphere a few hours south of the Klamath area, I can’t imagine how bad and dangerous it would be if we were still in that area.

God Bless, Stay Safe, Be Kind to Every Kind and please say a prayer for everyone in California that are directly affected by these fires.

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