California’s wildfires have claimed two lives and prompted the evacuation of thousands:
At least two people have been killed and thousands more have been told to evacuate their homes as a result of a rapidly spreading fire in the state of California. The region’s oppressive heatwave is expected to reach its peak on Tuesday.
According to the firefighters:
The Fairview fire broke out to the southeast of Los Angeles and quickly spread, consuming 2,400 acres (1,000 hectares) in less than a day’s time. The blaze was responsible for the destruction of several buildings.
According to the firefighters, at least two people died in the fire, and another person was taken to the hospital with burns.
More than 3,000 residences have been given the order to leave their homes, and all of the schools in the area have been closed.
Before the firefighters even got there, a fire department spokesman said on Twitter that the fire was “spreading very quickly.”
Several places in the state of California have reported temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit). This is because the state is in the middle of a very hot spell.
This, combined with a drought that has lasted for two decades and has left the countryside in a parched state, is creating conditions that are ideal for the spread of explosive wildfires. The heat wave arrived in the state as well as parts of the neighboring states of Arizona and Nevada the week before, and it is expected to continue until around Thursday.
The Independent System Operator (ISO) of California, which is in charge of operating the power grid throughout the state, has issued multiple “Flex Alerts” in a row.
In order to avoid further stress on the overworked system, they encourage private households to reduce their power usage between the hours of 4:00 and 9:00 pm.
Most of the time, this means turning up the temperature on air conditioning systems, not using big appliances, and not charging electric cars during this time.
But on Monday, Elliot Mainzer, the president of the California ISO, warned that an extremely hot Tuesday would put even more stress on the grid, and he urged customers to do even more to save energy.
“This is an unparalleled heat event that we are witnessing, and the efforts by customers to lean in and limit their energy consumption after 4:00 p.m. are extremely vital,” said Mainzer.
“We are having a heat wave that is historically unprecedented.”
Because of everyone’s efforts over the past few days, we have seen a beneficial impact on cutting demand. But as this unprecedented heat wave keeps getting worse, we need to cut energy use by two to three times more than we have so far.
Solar panels can be found almost everywhere in California, including on residential rooftops, and together they fulfil around one-third of the state’s daily need for electrical power when the sun is out.
However, as soon as the sun goes down, that supply rapidly decreases, forcing traditional generations to fill the void left behind. The issue becomes most pressing in the early evening, when temperatures are still very high but the proportion of power coming from solar sources begins to decrease.
Scientists’ research shows that global warming, which is mostly caused by humans’ unchecked use of fossil fuels, is making the weather changes that happen naturally worse.
Heat waves are becoming more powerful and hotter while storms are becoming more wet and, in many circumstances, more deadly.