California wildfires scorch an area the size of Los Angeles

Arturo Kim
August 2, 2018

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

"Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there", said Governor Jerry Brown.

Between July 26 and July 27, more than 20,000 residents of Redding were ordered to evacuate amid the rapidly-expanding Carr fire.

Authorities have reopened more evacuated neighborhoods as ground crews, aided by diminished winds, extended buffer lines carved out of thick, dry brush along the fire's edge to 35 percent of its perimeter, officials said.

"A huge forest fire in Northern California has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around the town of Redding", - stated in the material.

"We had a lot of equipment on it last night", Gonzalez said.

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More than 4,000 fire personnel are battling the flames, but triple-digit heat, shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain are working against them, officials said.

Brown added: "I would suspect there will be more fires to come, and more fires each year for a very long time because it's going to be a while before we shift the weather back to where it historically was".

"We're in for a really rough ride, and it's going to get expensive, it's going to get risky", Brown said.

Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.

Meanwhile, at least three new fires erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 405 hectares of land.

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