Sunday will be one of the hottest days in recent memory across much of California, the day after scorching temperatures set scores of records and intensified destructive wildfires erupting in the state.
Heat and red flag warnings are in effect statewide into the coming week as the heat will continue to fuel the fires already burning and could cause any new blazes to rapidly grow out of control.
The most serious wildfire situation developed with the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, about 290 miles north of Los Angeles, which was first detected Friday night and rapidly grew to at least 45,500 acres by Sunday morning.
That fire trapped about 1,000 people near Mammoth Pool reservoir as flames crossed the San Joaquin River, including about 150 people who became stranded at a boat launch, the Associated Press reported.
An intense heat wave broiled large swaths of California this Labor Day weekend, shattering numerous records, causing thousands to lose power and fueling several brush fires that were threatening communities from Yucaipa to the Sierra foothills.
Forecasters had predicted historic high temperatures, and they were proved right. Dozens of communities set records Saturday, and a few appeared to record all-time highs, according to the National Weather Service.
In Woodland Hills, the mercury climbed to 117 degrees by 3 p.m., making it the hottest day ever recorded there in September, breaking the record of 115 set in 1979. Burbank reached 113, tying its monthly record set in 1971. Van Nuys hit 115.
The mercury soared even higher to the east, with Palm Springs hitting 122 and Indio 121. Officials said at least three areas tied or topped all-time record highs: Alpine (113), El Cajon (114) and Idyllwild (103). The weather service said Burbank appeared to tie an all-time record at 114 degrees.
www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-05/heres-where-record-breaking-heat-is-forecastFast Spreading Valley Fire Prompts Evacuations In Japatul Valley
Evacuations were ordered for the Carveacre and Lawson communities; the fire burned 1,000 acres in two hours.
….morning for the Shaver Lake area, from Shaver Lake to Littlefield Road, as the Creek Fire continued to burn through foothill and mountain brush in eastern Fresno and Madera counties.
Read more here: Shaver Lake under mandatory evacuation. Here’s full list of orders in California’s Creek Fire
10:20 P.M.: BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS LANDING AT FAT
The Fresno Fire Department PIO said 10 of its units and one Clovis Fire Department engine are at Fresno Yosemite International Airport awaiting a possible 63 injured patients being flown from Mammoth Pool Reservoir area because of the Creek Fire. Of the 63 patients, the department said 20 are in potentially critical condition.
The fire department units will take patients to Fresno-area hospitals.
CALIFORNIA FIRES LIVE COVERAGE: Creek Fire, Bobcat Fire, Valley Fire, El Dorado Fire