Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

11 August, 2018, 21:32 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Of the 14 cabins in Holy Jim Canyon where Clark lives, his was the only one to remain standing. One then swoops in low behind a row of houses before opening its bay doors and dumping its load of flame retardant liquid over the ground.

The fire threatened communities near the inland resort of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

Near the Northern California city of Redding, the year's deadliest fire was almost half-surrounded and was burning into remote and rugged forest land.

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The fire has been fuelled by dry brush covering steep terrain and stoked by wind gusts during the night, a spokesman for the incident said.

A plane used to fight the fire had to make an emergency landing Friday following a bird strike, officials said.

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Smoke billowing from the destructive fires burning through California this summer has spread far beyond the Golden State - reaching the East Coast. Two weeks ago, he came to Milligan's home to return items he "borrowed" from the fire department, the volunteer fire chief said.

If convicted, Clark could face 10 years to life in prison.

"We have a responsibility to ensure that any large gathering is safe and being conducted legally", Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters.

He claimed during the interview that he was the target of threats from the MS-13 gang. Though they have made progress since the fires were first ignited in July, air pollution from the smoke and burning embers is still a serious concern for California residents.

However, evacuations were ordered for communities near a new fire in the Fall River Mills area, about 70 miles northeast of Redding.

Speaking at a dinner with business leaders on Wednesday, the president expressed his support for the families that have lost loved ones in the California fires, and said his administration was working closely with state and local authorities.

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Clark refused to go to court on Thursday, so his arraignment was rescheduled for today, according to the Associated Press. "This shouldn't be called the Holy Jim Fire".

Firefighters in California are battling 15 large fires.

A firefighter fights fire near torching trees as a wildfire burns near Yosemite National Park in this U.S. Forest Service photo released on social media from California, U.S., August 6, 2018.

"The place is going to burn just like you planned", Clark later texted, according to Milligan.

The second biggest fire is the Carr Fire in Shasta County, also in Northern California.

Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthful air quality may include portions of: San Bernardino County: Areas 32 (Northwest San Bernardino Valley), 33 (Southwest San Bernardino Valley), 34 (Central San Bernardino Valley), 35 (East San Bernardino Valley), 36 (West San Bernardino Mountains), 37 (Central San Bernardino Mountains), and 38 (East San Bernardino Mountains).

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