Friday, 17 August, 2018

Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

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Gerardo Duncan | 03 August, 2018, 17:25

Another major blaze known as the Ferguson Fire broke out near the popular Yosemite National Park nearly three weeks ago, on July 13, and was only 39 percent contained by Thursday, officials said.

The United Way is one of many standing together with the victims, creating a fund that will directly benefit those effected by the fire. More than 1,000 homes have been confirmed destroyed, and each day the number grows.

During the course of their mission the firefighters came across an unlikely pair of animals impacted by the fire.

The governor said the state will now need to prepare if the economy takes a turn for the worst.

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

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state. "In this case, we had high tension power line towers that were completely collapsed", said NWS meteorologist Hannah Chandler. Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday.

Firefighters all across the Bay Area continue to help out with the wildfires burning in California, with many being sent out to the front lines of the Carr and the Mendocino Complex fires.

The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento.

"The need to protect these communities.is requiring more firefighters, more resources all the time", Pimlott said.

The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning vehicle on July 23.

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties, 120 miles north of San Francisco, had burned through 140 square miles and destroyed 10 homes.

Along with a bulldozer contract employee and a Redding firefighter killed in the Carr Fire, the captain of a wildland hotshots team and a Cal Fire heavy equipment operator have been killed in the Ferguson fire burning near Yosemite in Mariposa County.

"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned, noting that 35-mph wind gusts were expected on ridgetops that could whip up the flames.

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