Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California

Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California
Charlie Simmons | 03 August, 2018, 17:24

The growing fire already had forced Cal Fire to issue new mandatory evacuation orders for residents living along the western shore of Clear Lake. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained. The area remains closed to residents as crews work to restore some of the infrastructure in the area. "We are part of that process", he said.

Bulldozer operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, California on July 31.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.

The largest of them, the Carr Fire north of Sacramento near the city of Redding, has burned for more than a week and engulfed almost 190 square miles.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

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"Grass Valley firefighters found a dish and provided the two newfound friends with fresh water", Grass Valley Fire Fire Chief Mark Buttron wrote in an online post.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters on the California wildfires and other matters at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services' operations center near Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

On Thursday, Cal Fire and the National Weather Service said a survey of last week's damage shows the fire itself created wind speeds of 143 miles per hour.

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Mr Cox said.

The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning auto on July 23.

The Nevada County strike team, composed of engines from Ophir Hill Fire, Peardale Chicago Park Fire, Higgins Fire, Nevada County Consolidated Fire and Nevada City Fire is now assigned to the Mendocino Complex. The warning, covering the fire's entire burn area, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be in effect 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior".

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