The winds in California force evacuation of 180,000 people and cut off the light to million to prevent fire or An electric grid obsolete let in evidence to California
A huge column of smoke in the middle of Los Angeles remembered this Monday morning to California, the danger posed by the extreme conditions of dryness and wind that forced him to declare the state of alert throughout the State during the weekend. The bushland of the hills next to the Getty museum began to burn early morning of unknown causes. It is a rural location in the west of the city that crosses some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the united States and joined the dozen long active fire in the State, one of which threatens entire populations north of San Francisco.
The fire at the Getty was a small extension to the first hour of the morning, with some 200 acres burned, but its proximity to the houses fired the feeling of danger in the city of Los Angeles and paralyzed a Monday morning, one of the most privileged areas of the world. The 405 freeway, which serves as an artery esclerosada to move all traffic to the west of the city, was cut for security reasons in full rush hour. Classes were suspended in all the schools of Santa Monica and Malibu, as well as at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), whose campus is a few miles from the fire.
Thousands of locals received evacuation orders mandatory. The world learned live because one of them was Lebron James, the star of The los Angeles Lakers, who at four in the morning, he said on Twitter: “These fires of The Angels are not a joke. I had to evacuate my house and I have been driving with my family trying to find a room. Up to now there has been no luck!!!!”.
Another of those who came out of his mansion in the morning was the former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tweeted: “Evacuated and safe at 3.30 in the morning. If you are in an evacuation zone, do not do the bud. Thank you to the best firefighters in the world”. Some 10,000 homes were threatened by the fire. In the morning, the flames had reached, at least, five. About 2,600 customers were without power in neighborhoods such as Bel Air, Westwood and Brentwood.
Firefighters in the fire Kincade, north of San Francisco. AFP
While, in the wine area north of San Francisco, the extension of the fire baptized as Kincade had almost doubled during the weekend and already covered 27,000 hectares. Gusts of wind exceeded forecasts and reached at times to 160 kilometers per hour. In videos shared on social networks could see trees burning in a matter of minutes. The fire had grown so fast that the fire department announced that no longer was controlled to 10%, figure on Sunday, but the 5%.
Around 180,000 people were still under evacuation orders mandatory, the largest operation of this type lived in Sonoma county, an area rich of vineyards, summer houses and small farms. 96 structures, commercial and residential, had been burnt completely until Monday. The figures are very far away from the big fires of the past two years, but under conditions of danger disturbing. The firefighters considered that some 80,000 structures are threatened by this fire.
The windy conditions gave a small break on Monday, which allowed some people to return to their homes. It was also enough for the power company, Pacific Gas and Electric company, whose poor infrastructure is the source of many fires, announced the restoration of the supply. During the weekend, up to 950.000 customers, or two million people, were without light to prevent sparking.
another fire of a certain entity at this end of the week, on the outskirts of Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, seemed to be in the process of containment by Monday morning. The fire rose the perimeter controlled up to 78% and the 50,000 people who came to be evacuated from their homes as they could go. A total of 24 houses were destroyed and four firefighters have been injured in this fire that has only reached the 1,800 hectares.
The California authorities are determined to prevent by all means a repeat of the casualties of the past two autumns, in which more than a hundred people have died trapped in this type of fire lightning, moving at full speed fuelled by an atmospheric phenomenon common at this time called the Santa Ana winds and a dry land chronic. On Sunday, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency in order to mobilize all available resources from city to city and from county to county. Monday also announced that it had requested assistance from the federal Government.