Major Wildfires in California; Southbound 5 Freeway near L.A. Closed

A firefighter monitors the Post Fire near Gorman, California, US, on Sunday, June 16, 2024
Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via Getty

Major wildfires broke out in California this weekend up and down the state, forcing the closure of the southbound side of Interstate 5, just north of Los Angeles, on Sunday.

A map of current fires traces the spine of the state, from L.A. through the Central Valley and up to Redding in northern California.

Until now, an unusually wet spring has suppressed fires, but recent heat, and high winds over the weekend, have driven blazes, fueled by brush and vegetation that has flourished after the last two rainy winters.

The New York Times reported:

A wildfire that quickly consumed more than 14,000 acres of grasslands and brush in a mountainous area northwest of Los Angeles over the weekend signaled the start of what experts warn could be a dangerous, prolonged fire season in the West.

The blaze, named the Post fire, started on Saturday afternoon near Interstate 5 about 45 miles outside of Los Angeles, the authorities said. It forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people from the Hungry Valley campground, a popular state recreation area for off-road vehicles. Officials also closed nearby Pyramid Lake, a destination for weekend boaters.

As of Sunday afternoon, the fire was about 2 percent contained and ranked as the state’s largest wildfire so far this year, according to CalFire, California’s firefighting agency.

The Post fire has continued to expand to nearly 15,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

Pyramid Lake, CA, Sunday, June 16, 2024 – A water dropping helicopter fills it’s tank as efforts to fight the Post Fire continue. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

There was also a wildfire in Sonoma County in Northern California, according to Bay Area public radio station KQED:

A fast-spreading fire has been moving through Sonoma County near the southeast end of Lake Sonoma, with Cal Fire issuing mandatory evacuation orders and trying to keep the fire from burning homes near Bradford Mountain.

The blaze — named Point Fire — began early Sunday afternoon and has since spread to at least 900 acres as of around 8:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of the North Bay starting Monday 11 a.m. and extending to 8 p.m. The warning is for high elevation portions of Sonoma and Napa counties, and farther north and east, where wind gusts are forecasted to reach 30 miles per hour.

 Fire risk along the Southern California coast had been reported as “low” as recently as Friday afternoon.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now available on Audible. He is also the author of the e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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