“Post Fire”, the gigantic fire that ravages California

“Post Fire”, the gigantic fire that ravages California
“Post Fire”, the gigantic fire that ravages California

Since Saturday, California has suffered its largest fire of the year, raising fears for a risky summer. Named the “Post Fire,” this fire broke out in the rural area of ​​Gorman, located a little over an hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles. The flames spread at lightning speed due to powerful winds, with gusts reaching 95 to 105 km/h. For the moment, it has mainly consumed vast areas of bush and grassland in this mountainous region, partly sparing homes.

A look back at the first fire of the summer which could herald a high-risk season, according to climatologists.

  • A California Fire Department bulldozer cuts a boundary line. The “Post Fire” consumes Gorman, California, a total of more than 6,000 hectares according to authorities. — SOPA Images/SIPA

    For several days, part of California, northwest of Los Angeles, has been ravaged by flames. Named the “Post Fire,” this fire broke out in the rural area of ​​Gorman, located a little over an hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles. It burned nearly 6,000 hectares in two days. Some 1,150 firefighters are working day and night to contain it. This Tuesday, they managed to contain around 24% of the fire.

  • A plane drops retardant before the Point Fire, west of Geyserville, California, Sunday June 16, 2024. — P. DaSilva/UPI/Shutterstock/SIPA

    The California Fire Department has put heavy resources into action to slow the advance of the flames and also to prevent the development of fires. In fact, in addition to the “Post Fire”, around fifteen small fires broke out. Fast-moving wildfires driven by high winds have hit dry landscapes, forcing evacuations as California enters fire season.

  • Firefighter Chris Fritz works to stop the “Aero Fire” from spreading through the community of Copperopolis in Calaveras County, Calif., Monday, June 17, 2024. — N. Berger/AP/SIPA

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a wildfire smoke advisory for the Santa Clarita and Castaic areas of California. Northwest winds are expected to push smoke from the fire southeast toward Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley and parts of the Angeles National Forest.

  • A rancher reconnects a fence after tending to his livestock as the Aero Fair burns in the community of Copperopolis, Calaveras County, California. — N. Berger/AP/SIPA

    Since the start of the “Post Fire”, 1,200 people have been evacuated. Farmers and ranchers have also had to take measures to protect their land and livestock.

  • A firefighter sprays water on a burning outbuilding as the “Point Fire” spreads along West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California. — N. Berger/AP/SIPA

    For the moment, no casualties have been reported. But the advance of the flames risks causing major damage which will undoubtedly amount to millions of dollars.

  • Photo shows burned cars in the backyard of an auto repair shop in Gorman, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, California. — NEW CHINA/SIPA

    As of Tuesday morning, the fire had destroyed a commercial structure and threatened 50 single-family homes and ten commercial properties in Gorman.

  • John Paul Marcelo paints a picture of the “Point Fire” west of Geyserville, June 16, 2024. — UPI/Newscom/SIPA

    Many people watched helplessly as the “Post Fire” developed. Others took the opportunity to take photos of the fire, or even immortalize it in painting.

  • Firefighters battle the advancing Post Fire in Gorman, California. — E. Thayer/AP/SIPA

    The flames spread at lightning speed due to powerful winds, with gusts reaching 95 to 105 km/h. And this gigantic blaze worries many specialists in the United States, because it could be the prelude to an intense fire season in this state. The situation is all the more critical as around fifteen smaller fires broke out across the state over the weekend. “By July, we could have a very active fire season, especially at low altitudes,” warned climatologist Daniel Swain of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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