By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: National Interagency Fire Center, California’s Office of Emergency Services, United States Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Public Information (Information and Press Release):
Needles, California: Smoky sky were over the desert community on Labor Day 2020 from fires burning across California.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez captured on camera of the smoky sky on Monday, September 7th, 2020 from Duke Watkins Park.
The smoke covered over the area as people celebrated Labor Day 2020 along the Colorado River.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are currently 22 fires burning in California and 76 active fires burning in the United States.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, September 6th, 2020 declared a state of emergency in five counties as multiple fires continue to burn across the state.
The California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) said the state of emergency applies to Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties where the Creek Fire is burning, and San Bernardino and San Diego counties where the El Dorado Fire and Valley Fire is burning.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, National Forests in southern and central California were closed to the public Monday night because of the “monumental fire threat” from wildfires across the state.
“Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit,” said U.S. Forest Service.
The closure met that statewide, all campgrounds for both day use and overnight camping were closed, and no hiking, biking, fishing or even taking scenic drives on Labor Day 2020.
Among the areas being closed are the Sierra National Forest, where the Creek Fire is still burning out of control and more than 200 people had to be airlifted to safety over the weekend.
Yosemite National Park, also near the Creek Fire, is reportedly preparing for the worst by closing some areas to visitors and protecting vulnerable structures.
The San Bernardino National Forest, where a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party sparked the El Dorado Fire, will also be closed.
As of Monday night, the El Dorado Fire near Yucaipa, California which has burned 9,671 acres and remains at 7% containment.
The Forest Service said it hopes the closure will reduce the potential for fires caused by humans.
We all stand united together with the many people who are being affected by these fires, and hope that the fire is put out soon.
Thanks to all of the firefighters, medical workers, law enforcement officers and deputies, and emergency volunteers for battling and working hard to put out the flames, protecting structures and saving the many lives who are being affected by the many fires burning across California.