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Coastal storm cools California heat wave, dampens wildfire – Brospar Daily News

Southern California brought cooler temperatures and spotty rain on Saturday as a tropical storm rolled over and eased off the Pacific coast, helping end a sweltering heat wave that nearly overwhelmed the state power grid. Thunderstorms are expected in the Los Angeles area on Saturday and could persist in the mountains on Sunday. But after Hurricane Kay made landfall in Mexico this week, it was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm and weakened further until it was largely gone, said National Weather meteorologist John Dumars. Service in Oxnard, adding only sporadic rainfall in the area. moisture from the rest of the storm. “Is the worst over? Yes,” Dumars said. In Southern California, firefighters battling the massive Fairview Fire about 121 miles southeast of Los Angeles after sweltering heat pushed temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in many parts of Southern California are getting a break. Location this week. The fire destroyed two dozen buildings and threatened more than 10,000 homes and other structures. But firefighters have made progress and said they expect full containment on Monday. Fire officials, however, warned that northern California communities remained at risk of heat waves and wildfires, with lightning likely in the northern mountains on Sunday. In the foothills east of Sacramento, the Mosquito Fire spread nearly 53 square miles (137 square kilometers) on Saturday, threatening more than 5,000 buildings in Placer and El Dorado counties and causing the The area was shrouded in thick smoke. “We don’t see a commensurate reduction in fire activity right now,” Cal Fire Chief Isaac Sanchez said. The National Weather Service predicted the end of the severe heat wave in the Los Angeles area on Saturday. Flood warnings have been in effect for mountains previously scorched by wildfires, and coastal areas are likely to flood due to high waves, Dumas said. In Southern California, coastal city officials posted warning signs and created sandbags for residents fearing flooding to use. Minor flooding was reported in a beach parking lot and on some local roads in an arid desert community near Palm Springs. About 28,000 customers were reported without power Saturday, with more than half restored by the afternoon, according to the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Some mountainous communities east of San Diego reported several inches of rain early Saturday, compared to less than an inch in low-lying coastal areas. In Huntington Beach, Orange County, on a hot, humid and drizzly Saturday, 30-year-old Aaron French played Frisbee golf with friends. After a week of sweltering heat and humidity, the midday breeze made the game even more comfortable. “It’s been a wild, wild week,” French said, while strolling through the unusually quiet park. “You just have to accept that time is time, and no matter what, you live your life.” September has already produced one of the hottest and longest heat waves on record in California and some other western states. This week, nearly 54 million people in the region were subject to heat warnings and advisories as temperature records were broken in many areas. California’s capital, Sacramento, hit a record 116 degrees (46.7 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, breaking a 97-year high. old record. The state set a record for electricity consumption on Tuesday as air conditioners spun in the heat and authorities began to blackout when grid capacity was at a critical point. Climate change has made the West hotter and drier over the past three years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive, scientists say. Over the past five years, California has experienced some of the largest and most destructive wildfires in state history. Firefighters said on Saturday they had so far been unable to control any part of the mosquito fire burning near the town of Forest Hill, which is home to around 1,500 people. people. David Hance, who had been sleeping on the porch of his mother’s Foresthill mobile home, awoke Wednesday morning to hot red skies and was told to evacuate. ‘” he said. “It was like a sunset in the middle of the night. The fires blanketed much of the area in thick smoke. California health officials are urging residents of affected areas to stay indoors as much as possible. Organizers around Lake Tahoe have canceled Sunday’s scheduled tour around Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles (115 kilometers) yearly bike ride because smoke from the fires exceeds 50 miles (80 kilometers). Last year’s ride was canceled due to smoke from another fire south of Tahoe. The cause of the mosquito fire is still under investigation, Pacific Gas & Electric said unspecified “electrical activity” occurred at the time of Tuesday’s fire report.

Southern California brought cooler temperatures and spotty rain on Saturday as a tropical storm rolled over and eased off the Pacific coast, helping end a sweltering heat wave that nearly overwhelmed the state power grid.

Thunderstorms are expected in the Los Angeles area on Saturday and could persist in the mountains on Sunday. But after Hurricane Kay made landfall in Mexico this week, it was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm and weakened further until it was largely gone, said National Weather meteorologist John Dumars. Service in Oxnard, adding only sporadic rainfall in the area. moisture from the rest of the storm.

“Is the worst over? Yes,” Dumars said.

In Southern California, a firefighter battles the massive Fairview Fire about 121 miles southeast of Los Angeles after hot weather pushed temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in many places this week Firefighters are enjoying respite in Southern California.

The fire destroyed two dozen buildings and threatened more than 10,000 homes and other structures. But firefighters have made progress and said they expect full containment on Monday.

Fire officials, however, warned that northern California communities remained at risk of heat waves and wildfires, with lightning likely in the northern mountains on Sunday. In the foothills east of Sacramento, the Mosquito Fire spread nearly 53 square miles (137 square kilometers) on Saturday, threatening more than 5,000 buildings in Placer and El Dorado counties and causing the The area was shrouded in thick smoke.

“At this point, we are not seeing a corresponding drop in fire activity,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Issac Sanchez said.

The National Weather Service predicts the end of the severe heat wave in the Los Angeles area on Saturday. Flood warnings have been in effect in mountains previously scorched by wildfires, and flooding is possible along the coast due to high waves, Dumas said.

In Southern California, coastal city officials posted warning signs and provided residents worried about flooding with sandbags. Minor flooding was reported in a beach parking lot and on some local roads in an arid desert community near Palm Springs. About 28,000 customers in Los Angeles were reported without power on Saturday, and more than half of them regained power by the afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Some mountain communities east of San Diego reported several inches of rain early Saturday, while low-lying coastal areas received less than an inch.

In Huntington Beach, Orange County, on a hot, humid and drizzly Saturday, 30-year-old Aaron French played Frisbee golf with friends. After a hot and humid week, the midday breeze made the game more comfortable.

“It’s been a wild, wild week,” French said, as a CD rolled through the unusually quiet park. “You just have to accept that time is time and live your life no matter what.”

September has already produced one of the hottest and longest heat waves on record in California and some other western states. This week, nearly 54 million people in the region were subject to heat warnings and advisories as temperature records were broken in many areas.

California’s capital, Sacramento, hit a record 116 degrees (46.7 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, breaking a 97-year high. The state set a record for electricity consumption on Tuesday as air conditioners spun in the heat and authorities began to blackout when grid capacity was at a critical point.

Climate change has made the West hotter and drier over the past three years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive, scientists say. Over the past five years, California has experienced the largest and most destructive wildfires in state history.

Firefighters said on Saturday they had so far been unable to control any part of the Mosquito Fire, which burned near the town of Foresthill and is home to around 1,500 people. David Hance, who was sleeping on the porch of his mother’s Foresthill mobile home early Wednesday, awoke to fiery red skies and was told to evacuate.

“It was actually pretty scary because they said, ‘Oh yeah, it’s getting closer,'” he said. “Like a sunset in the middle of the night.”

The fires blanketed much of the area in thick smoke. California health officials are urging residents of affected areas to stay indoors as much as possible. Lake Tahoe Tour organizers have canceled an annual 115-mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe scheduled for Sunday due to more than 80 miles of smoke from the fire. Last year’s ride was canceled due to heavy smoke from another fire south of Tahoe.

The cause of the mosquito fire is still under investigation. Pacific Gas & Electric said unspecified “electrical activity” occurred at the time of Tuesday’s fire report.

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