1 dead after wildfires erupt in California, Nevada
At least 14 major forest fires are burning in the west Thursday morning, including the Pinehaven Fire in Nevada and the Mountain View Fire in California.
Gusty, dry winds in front of a storm system that reached 50 to 60 miles per hour helped spread the fires.
The Mountain View Fire in the Eastern Sierra on the Nevada-California border has set more than 20,000 acres on fire and is 20% contained. It destroyed 80 buildings and the Mono County, California sheriff's office said there had been at least one death as a result of the fire.
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PHOTO: In this drone photo captured, apartment buildings leveled by the Mountain View Fire Line are down a street in the Walker community of Mono County, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Noah Berger / AP)
The Pinehaven fire has burned 512 acres and destroyed five homes, the Reno Fire Department reported Wednesday. Three houses were badly damaged, while 21 houses show minor damage. 75 percent of the fire is contained.
Risk of fire and gusty winds move into the plains, the Midwest and the Great Lakes, with 11 states from Texas to New York, under red flag warnings and wind warnings on Thursday.
PHOTO: Danger of fire and gusty winds move into the plains, the Midwest and the Great Lakes, with 11 states from Texas to New York, under warnings of the red flag and wind warnings. (Abc news)
Some gusts of wind could reach almost 80 km / h on site. In dry conditions and dead vegetation due to previous freezing, any fire that starts can spread very quickly.
PHOTO: On site, some gusts of wind could reach almost 80 km / h. In dry conditions and dead vegetation due to previous freezing, any fire that starts can spread very quickly. (Abc news)
Meanwhile, the coldest air of the season still hangs thick on the U.S. eastern morning, with frost and frost warnings for Georgia and the Carolinas.
Wind showers Thursday mornings are from Raleigh, North Carolina to Boston in their 20s and 10s.
PHOTO: Wind shower Thursday mornings are in their 20s and 10s from Raleigh, North Carolina to Boston. (Abc news)
Fortunately, this is a short-lived cold explosion. The air in the central United States is already much warmer. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s are expected on Thursday.
That warmer air will move northeast by Friday, expecting 60 degrees from Washington DC to Boston.
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