Brown On Wildfires Outbreak: ‘We Are In For A Rough Ride’

Larry Hoffman
August 3, 2018

Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire.

The largest of them, the Carr Fire north of Sacramento near the city of Redding, has burned for more than a week and engulfed almost 190 square miles.

As of Thursday afternoon, both the Bumper Fire and the Omega Fire were largely contained. Get the full story in the video above.

More than 4,200 firefighters have spent 11 days battling the blaze, which has scorched 121,000 acres (49,000 hectares), laying waste to entire neighborhoods in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region.

Although the Ferguson Fire - which is 33 percent contained and has burned about 58,000 acres - has so far not spread to Yosemite, it is keeping parts of the popular park closed through Sunday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, 32,000 residents are still evacuated from the fires and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

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

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California wildfires scorch an area the size of Los Angeles

"So we're going to have to adapt, we're going to change our technology, but in the meantime we're going to spend a hell of a lot of money and there is going to be a lot of unpleasant events and suffering as a result", said Governor Brown. Jerry Brown warned today that "nature is powerful, and we're not on the side of nature", and that devastating blazes are "the new normal".

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties had burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

Two people have been killed, but no houses have been damaged or destroyed, fire officials said.

Others were frustrated by the lack of information about the status of their homes from authorities overwhelmed by fighting the fire.

The fire doubled in size on July 28, nearly a week after it started.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

A second wave of wildland firefighters from Florida reported for duty in California on Wednesday.

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