Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

02 August, 2018, 22:40 | Author: Rachel Logan
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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the Carr Fire. "You can expect, unfortunately, that to keep intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that fires have become the new normal in California due in large part to the changing weather.

The fire, which is almost twice the size of Sacramento, was only 35 per cent contained after more than a week.

The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties, which was sparked July 23 by a non-criminal vehicle fire at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road west of Redding, Calif., has burned more than 115,000 acres and was 35 percent contained as of this morning.

However, the reduced wind speed aided in curtailing the blazes which helped the firefighters to extend the buffer lines.

Sixteen of the largest wildfires burning in California have scorched 320,000 acres, authorities said Wednesday - an area larger than the entire city of Los Angeles.

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"We are making good progress on the fire", CalFire Deputy Chief Bret Gouvea told reporters at a mostly upbeat news briefing in Redding. "It's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe, and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation".

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

Ninety-eight large active fires burned across the USA that week, according to the NOAA. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.

North of San Francisco, residents from about 60 homes were evacuated as a fire near the Mendocino National Forest erupted late Tuesday.

Dubbed the Eel fire, it started about 3:30 p.m.in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

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