California under heatwave and wildfire warnings for Labor Day

California under heatwave and wildfire warnings for Labor Day

“Red Flag Warning” at Cal Fire Green Springs Station on May 28, 2022, warning of weather conditions that could cause wildfires to spread rapidly. Source – Pi.1415926535, CC SA 4.0.

Excessive heat and red flag warnings are in effect across much of California through Labor Day as the state battles multiple wildfires and scorching heat.

Residents are being urged to save electricity for the third day in a row to avoid overloading the grid. Temperature records They are expected to run from San Diego and Los Angeles to San Francisco over Labor Day weekend.

“Weather like this increases demand for energy by stressing electrical equipment as people turn on air conditioners,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Thursday.

From Wednesday, according to ABC News, “Two new fires have started and are threatening power lines that power millions of homes,” his office said.

The California independent system operator, which operates about 80 percent of the state’s electricity grid, has issued a “flexible warning” in California urging residents to reduce their electricity consumption from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm through at least Friday.

The operator also asked residents to avoid charging electric vehicles or using large appliances.

“More Flex Alerts are likely to be issued over the holiday weekend as extreme heat is forecast to sweep across much of California,” the operator said. warned in a press release on Wednesday.

More than 40 million people are reported to be in heatwaves across seven states in the west until Labor Day weekend, including densely populated cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. CNN News.

California ISO president Elliot Meinzer said the power grid did not have “major problems” on Thursday due to energy conservation efforts as a prolonged heat wave pushed demand to its highest level since September 2017.

“The hottest weather in this extended heat wave is yet to come,” Mainzer said in a video message Friday. “Most of California will see record three-digit temperatures with moderate chill overnight through Labor Day weekend and into the middle of next week. Thus, energy savings will be essential to the continued supply of electricity to California.”

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