Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

More than 1000 homes destroyed as Carr Fire rages on in California

California 'fire tornado' forced residents to flee in chaos California wildfires kill 8 people; brutal heat spells more danger
| 03 August, 2018, 17:20

Smoke rises above Clear Lake as the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) burns near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 1, 2018.

The new orders expand the area under mandatory evacuation to west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, north of Clear Lake including the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, WitterSprings, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, Saratoga Springs.

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 told Reuters by telephone. The Carr Fire, which ignited last week, has burned more than 115,000 acres.

Having scorched more than 121,000 acres (48,967 hectares), an area larger than New Orleans, the blaze was the biggest of 16 major wildfires burning throughout California and the most formidable of more than 90 across 13 Western states from Texas to Alaska.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for.

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


Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

The request was made to Australia by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group in the United States, which is co-ordinating the efforts of several emergency response agencies, including the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). More than 1,000 homes have been confirmed destroyed, and each day the number grows. They'll not only be battling the fire, but shifting winds and hilly terrain.

A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.

The state spent more than $114 million fighting fires in July, the first month of California's fiscal year.

Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex.

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