SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have continued to grow in Northern California, making the Mendocino Complex Fire the fourth largest wildfire in California history.

The Ranch Fire was just 22 percent contained, and the River Fire was 50 percent contained. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

Some areas on the fire's southeastern flank in Redding were reopened to relieved residents. The city of Los Angeles, by comparison, is about 300,000 acres.

"We are committed to continuing to do everything we can to provide the firefighters, aircraft, engines, and other wildfire suppression assets that incident commanders need to protect lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources", said Dan Smith, chairman of NMAC.

The Mendocino Complex Fire began a little more than a week ago with two neighboring fires burning through only 9,500 acres of land, then rapidly spreading - at one point, by almost 30,000 acres within hours.

The Carr Fire has now been raging for over three weeks, and is the sixth most destructive fire in California's history, destroying over 1,600 buildings.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County is the deadliest of 17 wildfires now blazing in California, after claiming its seventh victim over the weekend.

More than 14,000 firefighters are fighting various fires across the north west of the US.

The Carr Fire burning near Redding has 163,207 acres and is 45 percent contained.

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As for the western most section of the fire along Highway 20, "we're looking really good, and we're working on a plan for how we want to open Highway 20 and Hwy 29 so we can get traffic moving through there again".

Cal Fire online records show a growing number of wildfires in recent years. The Thomas Fire from 2017 is the largest, having burned 281,893 acres.

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It is the largest of eight major fires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state.

The Carr Fire has destroyed 1,080 residences, 24 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings. Brown has called the wildfires "the new normal." . Jerry Brown on Twitter, saying he "must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Trump's tweet went on: "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

Additional areas impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire are seeing evacuations lifted.

"It is hard to find the right words to describe how explosive conditions are throughout the state", Anthony told HuffPost on Monday. "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change".

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