With fires raging in Sonoma, San Bernardino, more than 500,000 Californians are without power

With fires raging in Sonoma, San Bernardino, more than 500,000 Californians are without power

The wildfires which are raging in Sonoma, San Bernardino, are gaining even more momentum due to the brittle conditions of the trees and the high winds. As a result, numerous business organizations and residential homes were without power on Thursday. With the expansion of the wildfire, it is very much likely that even a higher number of people will be out of power very soon. In Sonoma County, which is situated nearly 75 miles in the north of San Francisco, the powering down effect is probably the biggest. The Kincade Fire is spreading faster than ever, and it reached the maximum destructive force by the start of Thursday. Areas of nearly 15 square miles were affected in less than a few hours.

The National Weather Service recorded heavy winds with speed as high a 70 mph, and they have reported that throughout the available communities, the panic has struck more or less. Evacuations are being done as the locations are providing an immense threat to property and life. Residents of such areas are being assisted in evacuations, as well. The damage has already spread to two buildings, and the fire is already threatening the power lines, as stated by Cal Fire. To cope up with the situation, above 300 firefighters are trying their best to control the situation. Three bulldozers are assisting them, and more than 50 engines are present to provide as much as a backup service can be provided to the firefighters. The rate of fire growth is still critical, and the high winds and the dry conditions are just contributing to it.

The power cutoffs have at least affected 500,000 people by now, including the central and the northern part of California. At present, warnings regarding shutting down of powers have already been issued as high winds have been forecasted. Residents are already told to be prepared to stay without power for two days, at least, or even more, depending upon the conditions. Even though the residents are outraged by such decisions, the PG&E said that it is necessary for the safety of the residents. Also, the powers will be restored as early as possible after the weather becomes normal, and the damaged equipment can be repaired, as stated by PG&E.

Michael Wacey

I have completed a Ph.D. in Earth science and working as a professor at different colleges in Cambridge, US for the last 13 years. I also worked as a senior author for different magazines in the UK and contributed on the topic “Physical constitution of the Earth and its atmosphere”. I have won many awards for my writing on Volcanoes and its effects on the atmosphere of the earth. I have also spent more than a decade researching Hydrosphere.