Thousands more evacuated from California wildfire

05 August, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Carlos George
  • US wildfires scorching homes, land - and California's annual budget

As for the River Fire to the south, Blankenheim said firefighters "had really good progress" tying in containment lines in an effort to protect Scotts Valley and keep the fire from jumping Scotts Valley Road. The fires expanded overnight, with the Ranch Fire scorching at least 156,678 acres. The Carr Fire has scorched 126,00 acres (51,00 hectares) of land since July 23, when authorities say it was triggered by the "mechanical failure of a vehicle" that caused sparks to fly in tinderbox dry conditions.

Those figures, along with the fact that large fires are starting earlier in the year, has state officials anxious.

"We're in uncharted territory", the governor said. "Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there", said California Gov.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa says a wildfire remains several miles from the communities along the eastern shore of Clear Lake, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The Lucerne and Clearlake Oaks areas of Lake County are similarly under evacuation warning, nearing the area where the Pawnee Fire burned. Six people, including two firefighters, have died and the fire has destroyed 1060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said. Thousands of people remain evacuated.

"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.

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But their battle to save people's lives and homes have come at a cost.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. Most are in other western states but wildfires have also struck Texas and Florida, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

To the southwest of Redding, new evacuations were ordered late Thursday at the Mendocino Complex, where twin fires have ravaged a combined 250 square miles (621 square kilometers), destroyed 41 residences and threatened 9,200 homes.

In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, a thank you banner for fire fighters, first responders and hospital workers hangs outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Dozens of staff members, including doctors, nurses and others at the medical center are keeping the hospital running despite losing their homes to the flames. They burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

Cal Fire Mendocino is sharing new alerts with haste on their Twitter, and Mendocino Complex Fire incident page.

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