Fires, air quality, gender reveal, trapped hikers, Los Angeles Rams


I am Winston Gieseke, an editor at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, and under normal circumstances I would probably use this room to mention how hot it is here in the desert and how I can't wait for winter. But today I just long for an end to the forest fires that are devastating our state and a return to the clean air and blue skies that we often take for granted.

In the meantime, here are some highlights of the various events taking place in California today.

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Fires continue to burn across the state

Traffic drives Interstate 5 near Highway 12 through dust and devastating smoke blown by north winds. (Photo by Clifford Oto / The Stockton Record)

Blue sky, don't smile at me: Officials say the sky in the southern part of the Golden State, which is surrounded by a thick layer of smoke from the various forest fires, is likely to stay that way for days.

Fortunately, the National Weather Service reported that the thick smoke is high in the atmosphere and should not hit anyone at lower altitudes directly. For those living several thousand feet above sea level, it's a different story.

"It's hazier than it should be this time of year," said Brian Kraus, 74, a resident of the Yucca Valley. "Not what you would expect from a September desert. Very grim."

There are currently 40 major fires burning across the state, at least three of which have been new since Friday, including:

  • The creek fire, Located northeast of Fresno, which set on fire on Friday and burned 143,929 acres in the Sierra National Forest.
  • The Bobcat Fire That started Sunday and burned 4,871 acres in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa.

and finally:

  • The El Dorado fire The hotel is located approximately 70 miles east of Los Angeles near Yucaipa in San Bernardino County. It started on Saturday and has burned 10,574 acres.

Speaking of El Dorado fire, Officials say the fire was started by a pyrotechnic device used by a family to reveal their baby's gender. The family, who authorities said were cooperative, called 911 after trying to put out the fire themselves.

No arrests were made during the investigation. The District Attorney will decide whether or not to bring charges. This decision may depend on the ultimate extent of the damage and whether or not the fire results in personal injury.

"That (decision) will take time," said Cal Fire Capt. Bennet Milloy opposite The Desert Sun. "It will be weeks if not months."

"Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally liable," Cal Fire officials said in a press release on Sunday.

In related news: The woman, who was credited with creating the gender exposure trend more than a decade ago, now urges people to refrain from the activity: "For the love of God, stop burning things to keep everyone from the (private) Tell your child. Nobody cares, "pleaded Jenna Karvunidis on Facebook.

I just need the air that I breathe: San Joaquin County's air quality is rated "unhealthy" due to fire. Residents woke up this morning to smoky skies and ashes.

More than 100 hikers and campers capturedwere rescued from the Lake Edison and China Peak areas where the Creek Fire continues to burn.

Football without fans

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, 16, throws the ball during training camp at Cal Lutheran University. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

On Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams play the Dallas Cowboys The battle takes place in the brand new SoFi stadium in Inglewood. Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor facility, valued at $ 5 billion and reportedly three times the size of Disneyland, will be inoperable by fans in the near future due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Rams COO Kevin Demoff said, "I don't think when we were at the drawing board five years ago we ever thought we'd open up without fans, but I don't think there's anything about 2020 . " from us ever could have received. "

The stadium was booked for the Super Bowl LVI back in 2022. Let's hope that by then large gatherings will be allowed.

Wanderer dies in Joshua Tree; Temperatures reached 120

Joshua Tree National Park (Photo: Matthew Hahnel)

Sad news: A hiker found unconscious in Joshua Tree National Park over the weekend died after efforts to resuscitate him failed. The hiker's companion contacted the park officials around 7 p.m. Saturday said he needed help; The park's search and rescue team found the man around 11:30 p.m.

And some easy-to-digest, bite-sized news:

Pink is coming to the 45th annual E! People & # 39; s Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on November 10, 2019. (Photo: JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP via Getty Images)

Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley, Top-class rocker and soccer mom (who knew?) Pink is 41 years old today. Let's take a look at the superstar over the years.

The ANA inspiration returns to the Coachella Valley. This pro-golf tournament for women was once named after entertainer Dinah Shore.

It's always nice to receive an announcement of a pending announcement. Apple announced today that there will be big news for us on September 15th.

And finally, in heartwarming animal rescue newsHere is a video of MPs from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office helping trapped bear cubs escape from a dumpster. You're welcome.

Have a good Tuesday everyone! Stay safe.

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