California fires

Updated: 8/13/2018 6:13:22 AM
The Ranch Fire, one of the Mendocino Complex fires, became the largest wildfire in California history on Sunday morning, Cal Fire confirmed.
The Ranch Fire scorched 282,479 acres by Sunday morning — bypassing the previous record holder, December’s Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, according to Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokeswoman.
Firefighters saw extreme fire behavior Saturday night, and hot, dry and windy weather conditions continue in the area of the fire, Cal Fire said in its report Sunday morning. Between Saturday morning and Sunday morning, the Ranch Fire burned 6,173 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The Ranch Fire is 62 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.
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Updated: 8/10/2018 7:46:40 AM
A smoky haze caused by the California wildfires stretching from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Sacramento and San Francisco appears to have drifted as far east as New York and parts of New England.
The National Weather Service revealed Wednesday that smoke from the wildfires has made its way to the East Coast and beyond. A map shows smoke spreading across the country, albeit more than a mile above the surface.
Firefighters across California are battling at least three major wildfires that have claimed the lives of eight people, including three firefighters in the Carr Fire near Redding.
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as an arson fire in the Cleveland National Forest forced more than 20,000 people from their homes.
The four-day-old fire, named the Holy Fire for the canyon where it started, near Lake Elsinore is devouring brushy foothills, ridgetops and canyons. It has blackened 16 square miles and is only five percent contained.
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Updated: 8/8/2018 1:51:01 AM
California Fire Now the Largest in State History: "People Are on Edge"
So far, two firefighters have been injured while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of two fires -- the Ranch Fire and the River Fire -- in Northern California. The pair have burned 292,692 acres and was 34% contained as of Tuesday evening.
The colossal fire altogether has destroyed 75 residences, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.
Cal Fire estimated that full containment could take until September 1. The Mendocino Complex Fire ignited on July 27.
(cnn.com)
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Updated: 8/7/2018 1:22:19 AM
The Mendocino Fire Complex in California exploded in size over the weekend and is now the second largest wildfire in the history of California. It's on the pace to become the largest wildfire in state's history.
The fire has consumed 110 747 hectares of land and is only 30% contained as of 07:00 PDT, August 6, 2018. The complex is comprised of two fires, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire.
The River Fire is located northeast of the community of Hopland, and the Ranch Fire is located northeast of Ukiah, in Lake County and Mendocino County, California. The Ranch Fire is actively burning in the Mendocino National Forest north of Clearlake.
This fire is expected to become the largest wildfire in the history of California, surpassing the Thomas fire (2017) which burned more than 113 700 ha.
The fire has prompted evacuations of some 20 000 people from Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties. However, with 75 residences and 68 other buildings destroyed, it has been less destructive than some other wildfires in California this season. 93 000 buildings are still threatened.
(Courtesy: watchers.news)
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Updated: 8/6/2018 2:25:24 AM
Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the weekend to make it the fourth largest in the state's history.
Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are currently battling. Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 266,982 acres -- growing about 70% over the weekend. As of Sunday night, it was 33% contained.
Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 17 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.
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Updated: 8/4/2018 11:12:46 AM
Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand have been sent to the US to help local authorities battle the deadly fires sweeping across California.
As many as 188 Australian personnel are bound for the US where 100 fires are burning across 13 states. Among them are fire management specialists and helicopter pilots.
One of the worst blazes is the Carr Fire, which has killed at least six people and destroyed 1,553 buildings.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency over the weekend as the fire ravaged the city of Redding in Northern California.
According to the most recent incident information published by Cal Fire , the blaze has spread across 51,360 hectares and the fire is so powerful that it’s even creating its own weather patterns — it has produced what some scientists are calling a fire tornado.
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Published Monday, July 30, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown issued emergency proclamations for Riverside, Mariposa, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties over the past couple of days after raging wildfires claimed lives of 6 people, forced more than 37 000 to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes. 12 people are still missing.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County, currently the largest in the state, began July 23 when a vehicle suffered mechanical failure and has so far scorched 38 594 hectares (95 368 acres) of land. By late July 29 (local time), the fire was 17% contained, up from just 5% earlier in the day.

It has so far destroyed 874 structures, 657 of them homes, and damaged 175. Six people have been killed and 12 remain missing.

A total of 38 000 people have been evacuated from the county.

Extreme fire conditions continued Sunday while firefighters worked to build control lines. Shifting winds, dry fuels, and steep drainages contributed to rapid growth. Red Flag Warning and heat advisory are in effect for the area through Monday, July 30, 08:00 local time. Crews will continue to asses the number of damaged structures as conditions allow, CalFire said.

There are more than 3 300 firefighters battling the flames with more than 330 engines and 17 helicopters.
Source: DORRIS

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California fires Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 350 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Fire
Response: Prepare
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 8
Evacuated: 57000

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