U.S. wildfires scorching homes, land - and California's annual budget

03 August, 2018, 17:19 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Firefighters on a structure protection team watch a plume of smoke grow from the Ranch Fire in the hills north of Upper Lake California U.S

The feline and hen were found Saturday huddling together on the front porch of a home in Redding during a firefighters' patrol through a fire-damaged neighborhood.

Between July 26 and July 27, more than 20,000 residents of Redding were ordered to evacuate amid the rapidly-expanding Carr fire. The Eel Fire is about 10 miles east of Covelo and is up to 1,000 acres.it's just 5 percent contained, and only 38 people are working on it.

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.

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In addition to California, there are now major fires burning in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It's made up of two blazes, the River Fire, which is 50 percent under control after burning 35,278 acres, and the Ranch Fire, which has torched 74,890 acres and is only 33 percent contained.

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state.

Firefighters continue to battle California wildfires amid high winds

The fire has also razed 1,465 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, making it the sixth most destructive blaze in the history of the fire-prone western state. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass.

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

Six people, including two firefighters, have died, and the fire has destroyed 1,058 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said.

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

The Grass Valley Fire Department said Thursday a cat and chicken it rescued over the weekend are recovering from burns with the help of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons", Governor Jerry Brown told reporters. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, fire officials said.

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