Twin NorCal Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee, Dozens Of Homes Destroyed

05 Agosto, 2018, 18:41 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Fire burns slowly down the hill north of the town of Upper Lake

PG&E said Saturday night one of its employees died while working in Shasta County near the Carr Fire.

Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help the state fight and recover from the devastating wildfire season.

On Saturday while touring the Carr Fire in Anderson, Gov.

"We pretty much lost everything", said Smith, 77, who has lived in the neighborhood with her 80-year-old husband for 29 years.

The White House said Trump had "ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and high winds beginning on July 23, 2018, and continuing".

California's current year-round fire season is producing more extreme and destructive blazes than in the past.

The two fires together are called the Mendocino Complex.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service said that, according to preliminary information, the winds of the column were moving at speeds of 143 miles per hour, classifying it as an EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates tornado intensity on a range of zero to five.

He renewed his warning of worsening wildfire threats in the years ahead. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes and killed eight people.

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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 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) and is only partially contained. In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of a forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism.

The cause of the fire remains part of an "active, ongoing investigation", according to Patty Wold, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, which is leading the investigation with help from the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow Saturday in Mendocino and Lake counties, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles south of the OR border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles north grew to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

The two fires have charred an area of the forested, rural area five times the size of San Francisco and were only 27 percent contained.

"The sheriff knew there were people who had not evacuated", said Cal Fire spokesman John Clingingsmith Jr., referring to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, which is in charge of evacuations.

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