Wednesday, 8/08/2018, Washington, (DC Insider) -After growing for nearly two weeks, the largest wildfire in the history of California has consumed more than 980 square miles and displaced tens of thousands.
The wildfire started two weeks ago in two places before they grew and combined on Monday, forming the largest wildfire in modern state history.
Firefighters have been working nonstop to fight back the spread of fire. More than 14,000 are now fighting fires in 17 separate places. However, heat and windy conditions stood in the firefighters’ way battling the blazes.
Jonathan Cox, spokesperson of Cal Fire, stated that the number of firefighters deployed in the state are now more than anytime earlier. However, no sign of abating has been seen after two weeks of hard work.
According to Cal Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire has reached more than 290,600 acres, becoming the largest fire in the history of the State.
The fires also reached the Yosemite National Park, leaving it a ghost place after it was a place of tourism. Tourists have cancelled their trips due to the wildfires.
Seven people have been killed in Redding and more than a thousand houses were destroyed in the 12th largest fire in the history of California, consuming more than 164,000 acres.
According to a National Weather Service meteorologist, it is expected that the temperature could reach to 110 degrees over the next couple days accompanied with gusty winds and expanded flames.
Experts say that the reason behind this wildfire is the extreme heat and the parched vegetation. Firefighters have been struggling with the high temperature and the rugged terrain for the last decade.
However, scientists believe that the main factor behind these fires is the climate change. Greenhouses gases emitted from mad-made activity has caused a huge droughts and increased heat more than ever before.
“You combine drought and heat, you get record wildfires. It’s not rocket science,” said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Investigations have been conducted on the cause of the fire, but no conclusions have been reached to yet.
It’s worth noting that half of the 20 largest wildfires in Californian came in the last decade, raising questions about whether the human influence was the biggest factor of this ordeal.