California firefighters thanked by 3 girls on horseback

Aug 03, 2018, 06:30
California firefighters thanked by 3 girls on horseback

The two major fire fronts are the Carr fire, which has, as of Friday US time, burned through approximately 50,926 hectares and is approximately 35 per cent contained, and the Ranch fire, which now covers around 30,306 hectares are is approximately 33 per cent contained.

Cal Fire's public information office Jonathan Cox said the California fires were larger in scale and burning at speeds previously unseen.

"Repopulation is the theme", Gouvea said.

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

Law enforcement officials said the last four people reported as missing among a list of 20 whose names were published on Tuesday were located safe on Wednesday.

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.

"It was a firestorm when we left", Lister said.

The Carr Fire is so large and intense that it created its own localized weather system, making it hard to predict which way the blaze will spread.

Meanwhile, 32,000 residents are still evacuated from the fires and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed. Roughly 15,000 residents have been evacuated. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures.

The blaze, stoked by drought-parched vegetation and triple-digit temperatures, has killed six people and reduced 1,555 structures to smoldering ruins, including 10,600 homes.

A huge problem facing firefighters is that the flames are largely burning in steep, inaccessible terrain.

The fire doubled in size on July 28, nearly a week after it started.

The two Mendocino Complex fires cover 95,000 acres in Mendocino and Lake counties.

In the past several days, smoke from the California wildfires has stretched all the way to Oklahoma.

Of the firefighting force of 12,000 on the ground, around 3000 are prison inmates deployed as part of the Conservation Camps program which is jointly managed by CalFire and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic. Fire crews from across the United States are being sent to California to help the firefighters there, many of whom are stretched to their limits as they battle 17 wildfires across the state.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said.

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