SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The first unstable weather from the monsoon storms in Arizona hit Northern California early Monday and generated dozens of lightning strikes in the dry forests of Sierra, but crossed the San Francisco Bay Area.
The National Weather Service canceled the Red Flag Warning for the Bay Area shortly after dawn.
“Much of the monsoon humidity followed the coast overnight and did not cause thunderstorms in the Bay / Central Coast area,” the weather service said in a statement. “The dynamics don’t look favorable this morning anymore, so we canceled the warning.”
The announcement brought a sigh of relief from local firefighters who were on standby over the weekend and were ready to respond quickly to any new fires. Fresh in their minds about the dry electric shocks that occurred in 2020.
More than 12,000 electric shocks were recorded in Northern California over the four days. Those electric shocks caused up to 585 wildfires and burned more than two million acres.
Forest fires burned thousands of homes, killed dozens of people, and burned trees, forests, and vineyards, and the horrors of the cosmos were visible.
This year’s lack of rainfall over the past nine months has led to excessive or severe drought. There is just no moisture in the hills.
But the news was not so encouraging for the tired firefighters fighting the Tamarak and Dixie fires in the east. Satellite video showed dozens of lightning strikes on a three-day forest land in the Sierra.
On Sunday, a group of firefighters struggled to contain the blaze, preventing the blaze from reaching the heart of the Sierra community evacuated from Markleville.
By Sunday evening, the fire growth had slowed somewhat. At 7 p.m., authorities showed a fire on 23,078 acres.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the evacuation was still ongoing Sunday evening for Markleville, Hot and Springs Parks, Shay Creek, Markleville Village, Boy Road Road area, Carson River Resort, Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanite, Crystal. , Diamond Valley Road, Hung A Le Ti, Alpine Village and Woodfords.
The fire broke out when a small blaze broke out during the July 4 holiday. While U.S. Forest Service officials were monitoring it, the fire erupted on Friday and quickly spread from 500 acres to more than 18,000 acres over the next 36 hours.
There was zero restraint, but the rapidly growing number of firefighters brought to the battlefield apparently saved most of Markleville after the fire almost engulfed the community. The fire was moving northwards away from the small mountain community.
The fire initially engulfed 50 firefighters who were monitoring the fire. By Sunday morning, the number of firefighters had reached 120.
On Sunday, rising flames forced federal park officials to close the Pacific Cross Trail between California State Highway 88 and California Route 4 (Ebbetts Pass).
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