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East of San Francisco, California firefighters battle the Corral Wildfire; hot conditions ahead

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A 14,000-acre wildfire east of San Francisco, which has injured two firefighters and forced evacuations before of this week’s predicted high temperatures, was still being fought by hundreds of emergency workers on Monday.

In San Joaquin County, the Corral Fire began on Saturday afternoon close to the city of Tracy, as reported by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). Driven by strong gusts, the fire grew to encompass hundreds of acres of high grass, forcing the authorities to issue evacuation orders and send hundreds of firefighters and other emergency personnel to the isolated location.

According to CalFire, as of Monday morning, 75% of the fire had been contained, scorching around 22 square miles. The investigation into the fire’s cause is still ongoing.

Origin of the Fire and Its Present State:

According to officials, the federal laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is located about 40 miles southeast of downtown Oakland and performs research on nuclear processes, lasers, atomic structure, and molecular biology, is the owner of the site where the fire started. Authorities stated that there was no immediate threat posed by the lab’s proximity to the fire.

Impact on the Water System and Boil Water Advisories:

The concerns about evacuation were changed from orders to warnings on Sunday, and locals were told to “remain vigilant and prepared for potential changes.”

Some communities’ roads were closed to outside traffic in reaction to the fire, and some locals were instructed to boil their tap water. Due to a water interruption, the San Joaquin County Health Department, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Division of Drinking Water issued a warning on Sunday. The CSA 16 Par Country Estates Water System, which supplies water to more than 50 properties, recommended its customers to “use bottled water or boiled tap water for cooking and drinking purposes as a safety precaution.”

The notice was clear: “DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.” “Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.”

The reaction involves more than 475 emergency workers and makes use of multiple crews, 16 bulldozers, and more than 40 fire engines. As conditions permit, air tankers from across the nation are carrying out fire suppression operations, according to CalFire.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning of high heat across central California, including the San Joaquin Valley, starting this week, despite progress made on Sunday evening due to good weather conditions. The alert, which is in force from Tuesday at 11 a.m. until Thursday at 8 p.m., calls for “dangerous hot conditions” with temperatures between 95 and 108 degrees.

“This level of heat risk means that there will likely be little to no overnight relief for those without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration,” the National Weather Service said. “Heat-related illnesses increase significantly during extreme heat events, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.”

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