California wildfires destroy mobile homes and 1 man is burned: NPR

This early Monday photo provided by CalFire shows one of several vehicles damaged during a wind event in northern San Mateo County, California.

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This early Monday photo provided by CalFire shows one of several vehicles damaged during a wind event in northern San Mateo County, California.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Destructive California forest fires driven by intense winds caused damage to two mobile home parks that destroyed some trailers and one person suffered burns, officials said.

The fires also knocked down trees on Monday, whipping up dazzling clouds of dust and forcing a tool to cut off power to thousands of customers in an attempt to prevent forest fires.

As the wind was about to subside Tuesday, about 30 structures were destroyed Monday afternoon as wind-driven flames roared through Rancho Marina RV Park in Sacramento County, River Delta Fire District Deputy Chief Hugh Henderson told ABC10-TV. No injuries have been reported and the cause is still under investigation.

In San Joaquin County, a man suffered burns and about five mobile homes were damaged by flames running through Islander Mobile Home Park, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Chief Josh Capper told Fox40-TV.

The injured man suffered severe third-degree burns all over most of his body, Capper said.

On the south coast of Santa Barbara County, more than 200 firefighters battled the Alisal fire, which had burned more than 12 square miles and remained completely unnoticed.

The fire broke out Monday afternoon on a ridge and burst down towards the sea, forcing the closure of US 101, the only major highway on that part of the coast. Evacuation orders were issued for several areas in the sparsely populated region.

“The fire is burning in dense chaparral and is being pushed by strong winds and growing at a rapid rate,” a fire update read Tuesday. Gusts of wind reached 70 km / h in some areas, officials said.

The winds arrived Monday as a low-pressure system moved from Oregon toward the Great Basin. Red-fire warnings for critical fire hazards were in effect Tuesday in much of the interior of Northern California, unless wind advice continued in Santa Barbara County.

In anticipation of the wind event, the Pacific Gas & Electric supply shut off power to about 24,000 customers in targeted areas in 23 counties to prevent fires from starting if gusts of wind damaged electrical equipment.

PG&E said Monday night that its meteorologists had begun issuing “clear” advice to parts of the areas affected by the public outage, and crews patrolled power lines to check for damage before restoring electricity.

PG&E equipment was blamed for a fire in 2018 that wiped out most of the town of Paradise in Butte County. The company filed for bankruptcy and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. PG&E is also facing numerous criminal charges for fires caused by its frayed equipment, including involuntary manslaughter charges filed last month in connection with a fire near the town of Redding last year that killed four people.

Windy weather is a nightmare for firefighters in a state where heat waves and historic drought linked to climate change have left forests and dried up. Fires that began in late summer are still burning after the destruction of hundreds of homes.

In the Sierra Nevada, the KNP complex fire, which may have burned hundreds of giant sequoias, contained only 30%. On Monday, a firefighter was hit by a rolling rock. The firefighter was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition, firefighters said.

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