Wildfires scorch homes, land - and California's firefighting budget

02 August, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Donnie King
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"I would suspect there will be more fires to come and more fires each year for a very long time", Brown said.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". By Wednesday, the Carr Fire had scorched 180.5 square miles (115,538 acres), an area larger than the city of San Jose (180.2 square miles). It is 35 percent contained.

While much larger fires burn to the south, in Mendocino and Lake counties, and firefighting resources are stretched, Cal Fire crews filling in for peers at the other fires responded, along with federal firefighting resources, said George Gonzalez, Cal Fire's unit chief for Mendocino County.

"We recognize that as people enter back into their neighborhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbors that have lost homes", Moore said.

His main message focused on the devastation from wildfires seen across California that will only get "worse in the coming years".

The governor says the new normal involves a longer fire season with far more destruction.




In the large-scale forest fire in California has destroyed over 1000 dwellings.

The animals had survived one of the most destructive fires in memory finding comfort in each other in the doorway of a home. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

Redding Police on Tuesday asked for help from the public locating four people who are still missing.

Meanwhile, at least three new fires erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 405 hectares of land.

Strong gusts kicking up along the upper ridge lines on Wednesday night were a cause for concern on the fire's rugged western flanks, a few miles from the town of Lewiston, which remained evacuated.

The flames were sparked July 23 by the mechanical failure of a vehicle, Cal Fire said.

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