California’s Willow Fire doubles size overnight.
Image Credit: From Twitter account LosPadresNF.
California’s Willow fire continued to spread even further. Overnight, the fire’s size doubled as increased winds, dry and hot weather conditions worsened the situation. On Friday afternoon, the fire’s size was at 750 acres. By Saturday morning it expanded to 2000 acres. The fire started on June 17th, Thursday night. It is not yet known what sparked the fire but the state has been experiencing record drought and intense heat.
There are more than 300 firefighters fighting the fire, but so far they could not contain it.
There are approximately 337 firefighters on the ground including 5 Type I Interagency Hotshot crews assigned to the fire. Air support including fixed-wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are assisting crews on the ground.Los Padres National Forest’s U.S. Forest Service
The massive blaze is emitting a large pyrocumulus cloud that rose up to 14,000 feet. More details to follow.