USA wildfires scorching homes, land - and California's annual budget

03 August, 2018, 17:24 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A fire truck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire in Lakeport California on Tuesday

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 64,000 acres (258 square kilometres) and is only 39 per cent contained. Several roads in the area remained closed.

The team has been working hard to hold existing containment lines, add progressive hose lays, battle fast-moving spot fires and more. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass.

With high winds expected to worsen, throwing hot embers over containment lines, "we could continue to see those conditions pose difficulty for us into the night-time hours", he added.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.

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Inmate firefighters usually make up roughly one third of the state's wildfire-fighting crews - that is closer to about a quarter at present as the total deployment includes crews from out of state and overseas - and, in addition to fighting fires, also work on park maintenance, reforestation, and fire and flood protection.

In another sign the crisis in Redding was ebbing, 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 and sound on Wednesday.

A fire whirl spawned by the Carr Fire carried wind speeds equivalent to an EF-3 tornado, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

The two fires have killed eight people, with the Carr Fire alone responsible for six of the deaths.

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More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the flames, which have raged for 11 days so far.

The head of Florida's Forest Service is coordinating with Cal Fire to send help.

"Over a decade or so, we're going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it", said Gov.

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties, 120 miles north of San Francisco, had burned through 140 square miles and destroyed 10 homes.

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In and around Redding to the north, some evacuees were allowed to return to neighborhoods where more than 1,000 homes were torched.

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