Photos show Oak Fire wildfires growing near Yosemite in California, causing Governor Newsom to declare a state of emergency

A structure burns down behind a lit vehicle on Jerseydale Road during the Oak Fire in Mariposa County, California, United States, on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency in the form of oak fires for Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park Burned homes, forced thousands to evacuate, and closed roads,

When Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday, the fire had ignited more than 11,500 acres and forced more than 3,000 residents to evacuate, According to a written statement from the Governor’s office,

By Monday morning, the oak fire was lit 16,791 acres and contained 10 percentAccording to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Burning an acre, the oak fire is already biggest wildfire of 2022According to the public records of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

As dangerous as the Oak Fire wildfire is for those in the path of destruction, it is nowhere close to the largest wildfire in California history yet. The August Complex fire in August 2020 burned more than one million acres and destroyed 935 structures, According to historical records maintained by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

But wildfires have spread rapidly due to hot, dry weather and drought conditions, the statement from Newsom’s office said.

And it’s those dry conditions that are a dangerous catalyst for California’s most dangerous wildfires. For Northern California, the wildfire season runs from July to October, according to Western Fire Chiefs Association, which represents emergency service personnel related to the fire. Southern California wildfire season begins in early May. But it is the wildfires that start later in the season, in September and October, that are most dangerous because they have the most dry vegetation created by hot summer weather and strong dry winds. Which runs from California in the fall. , According to the Western Fire Chiefs Association,

Currently, 100% of Mariposa County residents are affected by drought, according to Federal Drought Information Service, which is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). So far, 2022 is the driest year ever Mariposa County holds the records for 128 years.

While it is too early to say the exact cause of the oak fires, there has been previously published research linking California wildfires to climate change. A 2019 study showed that between 1972-2018 the area burned increased five-fold and the number of summer wildfire incidents eight-fold.

“Warming effects were also evident in the fall, increasing the likelihood of fuel drying out when there are strong declining wind events. The ability of dry fuel to fuel large fires is nonlinear, which allowed warming to become increasingly dominant. given.” study said, “Human-caused warming has already significantly increased wildfire activity in California, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and North Coast forests, and will continue to do so in the coming decades.”

California wildfires come weeks after Parts of Europe burned due to wildfiresvery.

Furthermore, while wildfires are raging, US lawmakers have so far not been able to get climate legislation through Congress, largely Stopped by Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia,

Even though the Oak Fire wildfire continues to burn, firefighters are beginning to make some progress. “Firefighters have made good progress today,” reads the status summary from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A house burns as part of the Oak Fire on Saturday

On July 23, 2022, a house burns as it passes through the area of ​​the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California.

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Firefighters trying to put out an oak fire near Jerseydale Road

Firefighters work to save a structure near Jerseydale Road during the Oak Fire in Mariposa County, California, United States, Sunday, July 24, 2022.

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A firefighter drops a flame retardant on an oak fire

A bird flies as a firefighter drops flame retardants on a hillside to control a burning oak fire near Darrah in Mariposa County, California, US, July 24, 2022.

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A house burns as part of the Oak Fire on Saturday

On July 23, 2022, a house burns down in an oak fire in the area near Mariposa, California.

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A firefighting air tanker flying over the remains of the forest on Sunday

A firefighting air tanker flies over forest destroyed by oak fires near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022.

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Firefighting helicopters set fire to Oak Creek on Sunday.

A firefighter helicopter passes through the setting sun while fighting an oak fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022.

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A firefighter battling the Oak Creek fire on Sunday.

A firefighter lights a backfire as he fights an oak fire near Mariposa, California, on July 24, 2022.

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A Smokey the Bear fire danger sign reads “extreme danger” on Sunday near Jerseydale, California.

A fire burns near a Smokey the Bear fire warning sign as the Oak Fire burns in the area near Jerseydale, California, on July 24, 2022.

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Fire can be seen from space in this Friday image from the International Space Station

An aerial view from the International Space Station of Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park, taken from above Yosemite Valley, California, US, July 22, 2022, is taken from a handout video in this screen grab.

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Aerial view of Friday’s fire

An aerial view from a plane of Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park, taken over Yosemite Valley, California, US, July 22, 2022.

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