Monday, 12 November, 2018

Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire

In pictures: California wildfires rage on California 'fire tornado' forced residents to flee in chaos
Lisa Bryan | 03 August, 2018, 17:23

The current United States fire season has been exacerbated by excessively dry and hot weather conditions, resulting in intense fire fronts and dangerously low percentages of fire containment.

The request was made to Australia by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group in the USA, which is co-ordinating the efforts of several emergency response agencies, including the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

On Thursday, Cal Fire and the National Weather Service said a survey of last week's damage shows the fire itself created wind speeds of 143 miles per hour.

"In past decades, we may have seen fires like we are seeing now in August or September", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott. "We are in uncharted territory".

The Carr Fire was one of more than a dozen racing through the parched state.

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

Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region.


However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that all those who had been reported missing had been located. The Ranch Fire - the larger of the two - is 15 percent contained while the Ranch Fire is 50 percent.

In the last two weeks, wildfires have claimed the lives of four firefighters and eight civilians.

It has burned 68,610 acres of land, of which 5,700 went up in smoke on Wednesday night alone.

Lake County The latest fire map from Cal Fire's Incident website.

Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire.

A 160-square-kilometre fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders Wednesday for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

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