The Latest On Major Fires Burning In Northern California

07 August, 2018, 12:57 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • A firefighting helicopter drops water onto a hot spot at the River Fire near Lakeport California

The wildfires have claimed nine victims and continue to grow across northern California, including the Carr fire burning about 162 miles north of Sacramento and two other fires collectively called the Mendocino Complex burning about 90 miles north of San Francisco. That follows the deaths of two firefighters and four civilians.

Further north in the state, the deadly Carr Fire has scorched more than 164,400 acres of land since July 23, and killed another seven people along the way.

"Today a higher pressure system brought warmer weather, drying, and strong winds to the region", CalFire said in an evening update.

As of Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire shows little sign of slowing down.

Northern California is grappling with one of the largest wildfires in the history of California.

"We are routinely now seeing fires reach 100,000 acres several times in one month and it's only July, so we have a long way to go in this fire season, and as we saw previous year fire season can go right up through December". The rivers and lakes from which fire crews get water to drop on fires are full.

The global fire teams were to arrive in Redding, California, on Monday, said Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott.

"We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires", says Scott McLean, deputy chief at California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in an email to TIME.

In Shasta County, the Carr fire located near Redding, California has burned entire neighborhoods and forced thousands to flee.

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More than 11,000 structures are listed as being threatened by the fires.

That fire killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

Meanwhile, new evacuations were ordered Saturday near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties.

But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

The Mendocino Complex Fire expanded almost 80 percent over the weekend and has now scorched more than 283,000 acres north of San Francisco, forcing more than 20,000 people to evacuate and destroying at least 75 homes so far.

Experts say Trump is giving voice to Republican opposition to the state's progressive environmental policies by taking issue with state measures created to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by allowing water to flow through the delta and the San Francisco Bay, then out to the ocean. If all goes well, we'll have the fire tied in at the top of Cow Mountain by the end of shift (Sunday) or early Monday. "If we continue to increase greenhouse gases and if we continue to have warming, this is just a stepping stone", MacDonald says.

But with the additional aircraft freed from the River Fire, Blankenheim said "that area is starting to look up, and we're starting to feel like we're getting ahead of the game".

"Honestly, the way the state manages its water, that really has no bearing on the explosive growth of the fires", said Glen MacDonald, a geography professor at the University of California Los Angeles who studies wildfires.

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