Cooler weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive Northern California wildfire that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced scores of people to flee the flames.
The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. when high winds and hail ripped the tent from its moorings, said Craig Celia, a spokesman for Wood Dale, which is about 25 miles northwest of Chicago.
Twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant.
The fire, which has burned for more than a week, has charred more than 11 square miles in Solano County. It jumped the containment line Tuesday in rugged, steep terrain baked by triple-digit temperatures.
City leaders asked the Allen County Solid Waste Management District for $250,000 Tuesday morning, but the agency said the city isn’t eligible for the funding yet.
Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and is wiping out at least half of this year’s return of 500,000 fish.
El Nino refers to the abnormal warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean.
Saturday’s heat and humidity brought with it mixed reactions around Fort Wayne.
Afternoon storms Saturday did not produce any tornado.
Some homes and garages were damaged and several trees blown down in the area, but no injuries were reported.
Combined with high humidity, the heat indexes in some areas of Indiana are expected to reach more than 100 degrees.
The twister hit three towns early Thursday evening, leaving a path of destruction.