California Wildfire 2019: Record Temperatures Hit West Coast, Yolo Valley Sand Fire Spreads to 2,500 Acres

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning for several California counties, after wildfires spread across the state forcing many to evacuate their homes.

California Wildfire Excessive Heat Warning 2019
Stock image: Wildfire ravages forest Getty

Coachella Valley, San Diego County Deserts and San Gorgonio Pass near Banning will see temperatures soar above the June average, with Fresno experiencing record-breaking temperatures. NWS Hanford tweeted that the city could set a new record for high minimum temperature today, with the previous watermark for June 12 set at 73 F in 1985. Other cities in California such as Campo, Thermal, Borrego and Anaheim also broke records.

.@FresnoFAX will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from cooling center sites when the centers are open. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a cooling center. FAX routes schedule:

— City of Fresno (@CityofFresno) June 11, 2019

The San Joaquin Valley is predicted to be a scorcher, but it is expected that these high temperatures will go downwards over the coming days. However, temperatures will remain above average.

Some locations broke or tied their daily high temperature record today. Check it out below! 🌡️☀️#cawx

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) June 12, 2019

The warning, which was issued by NWS San Diego, said that temperatures could soar up to 107 degrees, affecting people that suffer from heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It advises that people most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses include those who spend a lot of time outdoors, those who do not have air conditioning, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic ailments. NWS has also warned against leaving young children and animals in cars, with internal temperatures becoming deadly.

Advice given includes drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air-conditioned spaces, staying out of the midday sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors of concern.

Near Sacramento, firefighters are continuing to tackle a sand fire in Yolo County, which has now increased in area size to 2,500 acres. The wildfire, which is one of several currently burning across the state, began around 2:50 p.m. on June 8 near the town of Guinda. The fire is now 70 percent contained according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Twitter users took to the social media platform to share images of the Yolo Valley sand fire, showing smoke spreading to other nearby places. People have been evacuated after their houses were destroyed by the blaze.

With the U.S. now in wildfire season, which normally occurs in spring and fall due to snow melting and foliage not being fully grown, the National Fire Prevention Association advises people take precautions to help stay safe against wildfires. According to its website, every year nearly 45 million homes and over 72,000 communities are at risk from wildfires. People who live near wildfire-prone areas should continue to stay vigilant and keep up to date with the latest news and updates from their local fire department.

Smoke from #Sandfire & #Inkfire in Yolo & Napa counties is being pushed into Marin and Sonoma counties. Be safe out there everyone. Fire season is upon us.
Credit: Rancho Adobe Firefighters @kron4news

— J.R. Stone (@jrstone4) June 9, 2019

#SandFire off County Road 41 & Highway 16, Rumsey in Yolo County is 2,220 acres & 50% contained.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) June 11, 2019

Brush 34 from @UCDavisFire joins crews from throughout the Sac region at the #SandFire in the Capay Valley. We responded just after 4:30pm & crews will remain through the night as the 🔥 now extends beyond 1700 acres, w/road closures, & evacuations in place. #ucdavis

— Nathan Trauernicht (@FireChiefT) June 9, 2019

Wow. My first time covering a California wildfire. Ive never seen anything like this. Thinking of the families that are evacuating right now who could loose everything #SandFire

— Anna Giles (@AnnaGilesTV) June 9, 2019

Thankfully there are no reports of any homes being damaged from the #SandFire, but Cal Fire crews confirm that six outbuildings and a barn have been destroyed. The fire is still 20 percent contained, spread across 2,220 acres. We’ll have another live report at 10 p.m. @FOX40

— Bridgette Bjorlo (@bridgettebjorlo) June 10, 2019

Property destroyed on Rumsey Canyon Road off Highway 16 from the #SandFire in Yolo County. Owner said it's just stuff, it can be replaced. @CAL_FIRE says at least 7 non-residential structures have been destroyed from the fire @kron4news

— Gayle Ong (@GayleOng) June 10, 2019

Yolo County residents fleeing the #SandFire saw the worst of an alarming day that kicked off fire season for real in Northern #CA, w/ heat, smoke & power outages across the region. Hotter and drier days to come. Photos: @CphilpottCraig #CAfire #cawx #2019

— Brett Wilkison (@BrettWilkison) June 9, 2019

Update. 17:00 hours, only light lazy smoke visible from the #SandFire might of run out of steam and edible fuel so early in the season.

— Bern Notice🔥 (@BDP473) June 9, 2019

The smoke from the #SandFire already hit San Rafael. It's hazy and the sun is bright red.

— DayeOneNative (@SFCALIPOMO) June 9, 2019

The White Wolf @StormSonsRanch was cooling out in the grass today! Another #hot one out here today! #Jindo #Heroes #Horses #Healing #PTSD #Veteran #VeteranOwned #FirstResponders #TuesdayThoughts #SanDiego

— saddlesinservice (@StormSonsRanch) June 11, 2019

Also, since the weather will be very hot you can tweet us or send us a DM on here or through Instagram to place your order. We will run it out to you so you don’t have to get off! #fresno #coffee #coldbrew #icedcoffee

— CafetazoCoffee (@CafetazoC) June 12, 2019

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