The Bootleg Fire has destroyed 161 residences and 247 outbuildings.
Cooling temperatures and the likelihood of isolated showers through Wednesday are expected to help the fight. But aggressive fire behavior is expected to return later in the week as temperatures rebound and rise, according to Inciweb.
“We will continue operations with a focus on the safety of the community and our firefighters,” said incident Commander Norm McDonald. “We’re continuing with community and agency partners to suppress the fire as effectively as possible to protect timber, ranchlands and other local values.”
The heat is only exacerbating issues for those battling the fires as well as those staying behind to protect their property from the flames.
There are nearly 40 million people under heat alerts throughout the central US Tuesday, where it will either be, or feel like over 100 degrees.
‘Stressful, scary’ situation
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Plumas County on Sunday as the Dixie fire continued to grow.
But one man said he stayed behind to watch his animals and protect his land.
“It’s very stressful, scary at times. Last night … you could see the glow over that hill right there,” he said. “The firefighters put it out, or knocked it down, to where all of a sudden the glow was gone, and I was just relieved.”
Video from Indian Falls, taken by KCRA shows smoldering land, orange-hued skies, and damaged cars and buildings.
Cappleman told the affiliate that conditions have worsened, as thick, acrid smoke fills the skies and road closures prevent him from getting food for his animals.
“The smoke is acid, it burns your lungs. It’s just the oxygen level has dropped, it’s probably only about 85%,” he explained.
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