California’s strong winds cause wildfires and power outages

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San Francisco Strong winds passed through California on Tuesday after felling trees, sparking wildfires and cutting power to nearly 25,000 customers in the northern and central regions.

In the mountains, valleys, valleys and deserts, dry and windy weather continued to warn of dangerous fire conditions. Winds of 25 mph (40 kph) were expected on Tuesday evening with gusts of 70 mph (112 kph).

Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to about 25,000 customers in 20 counties in central and northern California, reducing the risk of power line collapses and wildfires.

PG&E Equipment was to blame for the 2018 fire that wiped out most of Paradise City in Butte County. The company filed for bankruptcy and pleaded guilty to 84 unintentional manslaughter charges. PG&E also faces several criminal charges for fires caused by its malfunctioning equipment, including an involuntary management in connection with a wildfire last month that hit four in the suburbs of Reading last year. People had died. Work.

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At least half a dozen fires broke out across the state on Monday. Most remained small, but the flames west of Santa Barbara, which climbed the coast from Los Angeles, quickly spread to thousands of acres. The fire burned in dense chaparral in the fields, valley and park areas.

The flames, along with campgrounds, cattle and horse farms, prompted the forced evacuation of El Capitan State Park, and US 101, the only highway along the coast, was closed as the flames headed toward the South Sea. . .. spokesman Andrew Madsen said.

On the Central Coast, a tree fell on a power line at Hearst San Simeon State Park and a small fire started from brush, the California Forest Fire Department tweeted.

Windy weather is a nightmare for firefighters with dry craters as historic droughts associated with heat waves and climate change leave forests. The fire, which started as soon as the summer ended, continues to burn even after destroying hundreds of homes.

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In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a fire at the so-called KNP complex could have burned hundreds of giant sequoias in the orchards of Sequoia National Park, comprising only 30%. On Monday, a firefighter working on the flames was hit by a rolling rock. Firefighters have been taken to hospital and their condition is stable, fire officials said.

Calfire said strong winds downed trees, destroyed three parked cars and damaged homes in the coastal city of El Granada in San Mateo County. However, no injuries have been reported.

According to the National Weather Service, dust was spreading from the Sacramento Valley in the San Joaquin Valley to the high desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles. State Highways 138 and 14 near Lancaster in the Antelope Valley were closed due to sandstorms and several downed trucks blocking the road, according to Caltrans.

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