California: A 2,200 acre wildfire continues to burn in Yuba County California with only 15% containment. With all the wildfires going on in California already, firefighters struggle to battle another one. On August 14th at approximately 12:28pm a Red-tail Hawk flew into a powerline in the Dobbins area at Lake Frances near the Colgate Powerhouse. Burning feathers from the Hawk ignited the fire.
The "Yuba" Fire has already burned down two homes and threatens hundreds more. The fire has cost $1.8 million to date.
There are 1,385 personnel there from various agencies such as Yuba County Sheriff, Nevada County Sheriff, CHP, Yuba County OES, Yuba County Water, USFS - Tahoe & Plumas National Forests, CalEMA Fire Rescue, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG&E, Red Cross, and BLM. (96 Engines, 24 Fire Crews, 4 air tankers, 13 helicopters, 18 dozers, and 13 water tenders.)
The "Yuba" Fire has jumped the Yuba River which acted like a natural barrier and is now burning in the area of French Corral. The Colgate Powerhouse and transmission lines are in danger of being destroyed as firefighters do there best to stop the flames. In anticipation of the fire reaching them, the power to 4 major powerlines and 3 powerhouses have been cut off.
The dry conditions have been very dangerous as the humidity levels have been between 5-15% with very low recovery at night. This has allowed the fire to spread very rapidly and burn hot. The wind have been registered to have gusted up to 32 mph at night which have also played a huge role in the battle to put the fire out.