As California prepared for the worst of the Labor Day heat wave..
As California prepared for the worst of the Labor Day heat wave, a wildfire destroys 100 houses and structures.
A wildfire in Northern California burned over 100 houses and other structures, fire authorities said Saturday, amid a heat wave that triggered a state of emergency and raised concerns about a stressed power supply.
Heat-related concerns in California might worsen during the Labor Day weekend, with temperatures projected to reach triple digits in many regions until early next week.
The wind-driven Mill Fire, which began Friday approximately 250 miles north of San Francisco, damaged houses and drove inhabitants to escape the small town of Weed. At least two persons have been taken to the hospital.
According to Cal Fire, crews battling the approximately 4,000-acre inferno had it about 20% controlled as of Saturday morning. Meanwhile, another neighboring fire had expanded and was blazing along a busy section of Interstate 5 over Labor Day weekend.
How hot will it become over the Labor Day holiday weekend?
On Wednesday, Stephanie Williams, 60, cools off in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles by using a fire hydrant. On Wednesday, excessive heat warnings were extended to the entirety of Southern California, up into the Central Valley, and were expected to reach Northern California later in the week.
According to the National Weather Service, about 40 million people were under excessive heat advisories on Saturday, including the majority of California and southern Nevada. Another almost 9 million people were under heat warnings in several Western states.
Over the weekend, many September temperature records in California's inland locations might be shattered. Temperatures in Death Valley were expected to hit 122 degrees on Labor Day, which is close to the maximum temperature ever recorded on Earth of 126 degrees.
The National Weather Service predicted that Sacramento will reach 112 degrees on Monday. "Hot days with minimal nighttime respite will result in a very high risk of heat-related diseases," the National Weather Service stated in a tweet.
Dangers of extreme heat over the holiday weekend
Some places, like the Sacramento area, were operating cooling facilities and providing heat disease prevention advice.
Staying hydrated, limiting sun exposure, and avoiding the warmest parts of the day are all part of it. Officials asked locals to check on their neighbors, to avoid leaving dogs or humans in hot automobiles, and to provide shade and water for animals.
And, with California experiencing a drought as it approaches what is normally the worst part of the fire season, Cal Fire warned citizens to avoid any action that may spark a fire, stressing that humans are responsible for around 95% of wildfires.
Power grid update
On Friday, September 2, 2022, a helicopter carries water over a hill to extinguish flames from the Mill Fire in the Lake Shastina Subdivision, northwest of Weed, Calif.