Pushed by the wind, a rapid wildfire in the Sierra Nevada of California, forced hundreds of evacuations over the weekend, burning approximately 2,600 acres to date.
Beginning late Friday night, the Shirley Fire was ignited in the Sequoia National Forest in California, northeast of Bakersfield, and is now threatening hundreds of residencies and the Southern California Edison communications facilities.
As a result of the fire, a shelter opened for affected residents from the Kern Valley in Lake Isabella, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
— RC Central Valley (@redcrosscv) June 15, 2014
Although the wildfire has grown to around 2,600 acres, fire crews made substantial progress on Monday containing the blaze. According to the InciWeb website, the Shirley Fire was 75 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon. This is up from 10 percent containment as of early Monday.
The southern Sierras remain in the grip of exceptional drought conditions and no relief is in sight to aid firefighters.
It will remain dry through this weekend and temperatures are expected to warm from the 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday to the 90s on Thursday through Sunday.
— Sequoia Nat'l Forest (@sequoiaforest) June 14, 2014
Winds will occasionally gust to 30 mph during the day on Tuesday, then become lighter on Wednesday.
Closing numerous portions of roadways in the national forest, investigations are still underway to determine the cause of the blaze.
With flames visible from Wofford Heights and several calls have been received from concerned residents.
Smoke will continue to be an issue in the area and residents who may suffer adverse health effects due to smoke were urged to check with their health care provider.
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It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as disruptive snow continues to sweep across the central United States into Monday.
Severe thunderstorms capable of causing property damage and flooding will continue to target communities from the southeastern United States to the Ohio Valley into Sunday night.
The temperature roller coaster ride in the northeastern United States will continue on Monday, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms over a part of the region.
After a dry and mild dry across the country on Sunday, rain and cooler air will return by May Day.
Despite flooding rain from this weekend departing by Monday, rivers across the central United States will continue to rise and threaten homes and residents this week.
While the recent cold snap will be over, bouts of rain will persist and threaten to disrupt outdoor plans across the United Kingdom during the bank holiday.
Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to threaten lives and property across the central United States through Saturday night.
While a storm will douse outdoor plans and lead to flooding on some of the Hawaiian Islands, enough rain may fall to ease drought conditions into the start of May.