Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

03 August, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Carlos George
  • A fire truck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire in Lakeport California on Tuesday

It's become the sixth most destructive wildfire in California state history. The Ranch Fire moved into sparsely populated areas, but the River Fire ran through an area with scattered ranches northwest of Lakeport, California.

There are 4,271 firefighters battling the blaze, as well as 369 fire engines, 69 fire crews, 17 helicopters, 125 bulldozers and 84 water trucks.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said. The fire is progressing into the town of Lewiston, Cal Fire spokesman Gabe Lauderdale said in a press video Wednesday morning.

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.

As fire crews continue to battle more than a dozen wildfires across California, officials are anxious about the impact these disasters will have on the state's economy. The fire has killed six people in Shasta County, including two firefighters, and destroyed 1,555 structures.

Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres.

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Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

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.

A deadly wildfire in Northern California continues to burn - and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down any time soon.

Firefighters found an animal carrier to house the two on the way to the SPCA (they rode in the same crate, of course).

Even as firefighters start to turn back some fires, others suddenly spring up.

A 100-square mile fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. "Low humidity, heat and wind will continue to challenge firefighters throughout the day today".

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