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Massive fires in California and the American West affect power transmission lines


Firefighters working in extreme temperatures struggled to contain the largest wildfire in California this year, as power operators urged people to conserve energy after a wildfire in neighboring Oregon disrupted the flow of electricity from three major transmission lines.


The agency indicated that a large area of ​​the west burned during yesterday, Sunday, in very high temperatures that are expected to continue during the day. The California Independent Electricity Operator, which operates the state's power grid, issued a flexible five-hour alert starting at 4 p.m. Monday local time and told consumers to conserve as much electricity as possible to avoid any outages.


 California and other parts of the American West are sinking deep into drought, raising the risk of fires in many areas. In Arizona, a small plane controlled a som Saturday during a survey of a massive fire in rural Mojave County, killing all of its crew.


 In Oregon, a 224-mile fire exploded as it rushed through heavy woods in the Fremont Winema National Forest near the town of Klamath County in the Sprague River. The fire disrupted service on three transmission lines that provide 5,500 megawatts of electricity to neighboring California.


The largest fire this year in California was burning near the border occupations Yvada. The Bi-Disaster Compound Fire, another of two fires caused by lightning north of Lake Tahoe, grew alarmingly high on Sunday to extend to 348 square kilometers. However, firefighters operating in temperatures above 38°C were able to gain ground and double the fire containment to 20%.

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