FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Labor day weekend turned disastrous for California as record-breaking heat coupled with the windy and dry conditions.
Sadly, it’s the perfect combination to fuel wildfires that are ongoing across the Golden State.
As of Tuesday , there are at least 22 large fires burning in California and more than 14 thousand firefighters are working around the clock.
The wildfires have charred a record 2.1 million acres of land since January 2020.
Robust smoke plume from the #CreekFire in California.
A rapidly growing fire. pic.twitter.com/SuyZ4JvXY9
— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) September 6, 2020
According to Cal Fire, a new fire was sparked by a gender reveal pyrotechnic device on Friday.
This resulted in the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest.
The aggressive blaze has scorched 143 thousand acres and it is 0% contained.
— Marcio J. Sanchez (@MarcioSanchez06) September 7, 2020
Hundreds of individuals have been rescued by the military personnel as the Creek Fire continues its fast moving pace.
The National Weather Service Offices in California issued a red flag warning that is in effect until at least Wednesday morning.
��Red Flag Warning begins late Monday evening��
North/east winds are forecast to develop at this time, and combined with low relative humidity values & dry fuels (which are becoming increasingly drier by the day), critical fire weather conditions are expected. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/M1etmgspwe
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 7, 2020
The NWS says wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected for many areas in Northern California.
Unfortunately, the strong wind will only add insult to injury as it increases the potential for the fires to spread rapidly.
Peak wildfire season for California runs through October.