Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire

Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire
Patty Aguilar | 03 August, 2018, 08:43

Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region. The more than 62,000-acre blaze was 39 percent contained this afternoon.

The current U.S. fire season has been exacerbated by excessively dry and hot weather conditions, resulting in intense fire fronts and dangerously low percentages of fire containment.

The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,546 structures in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (260 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.

Among the dead are three firefighting personnel and a bulldozer operator working at a fire front; authorities say a number more are still missing. Get the full story in the video above.

In a marked shift from last weekend, when numerous fires were out of control and as little as five per cent contained, crews battling the key fire fronts are now reporting containment as high as 35 per cent, and in some cases, 50 per cent containment. He told reporters Wednesday that "nature is very powerful, and we're not on the side of nature".

Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.

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"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned, noting that 35-mph wind gusts were expected on ridgetops that could whip up the flames.

California state Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation on July 28 for a number of areas now under the influence of aggressive wildfires.

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 buildings, according to officials.

The state spent more than $114 million fighting fires in July, the first month of California's fiscal year.

Both fires started in Mendocino County but burned into Lake County. They burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

The destructive Carr Fire may have caused some to bend, but when we stand together, we will never break. The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, had burned nearly 100 square miles and was 39 percent contained after burning for nearly three weeks.

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