Trump Repeats Claim 'Diverted' Water Can Help California Wildfire

07 August, 2018, 14:46 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa says a wildfire remains several miles from the communities along the eastern shore of Clear Lake, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The White House has approved a disaster declaration for Shasta County, California, where officials say the massive Carr Fire has killed seven people and is continuing to burn through homes and property.

The twin fires have destroyed 41 homes.

In his request to President Donald Trump, Brown said the Carr Fire ranked as California's sixth most destructive, having destroyed more than 131,000 acres at the time of writing. The River Fire is burning near Hopland is 50 percent contained.

"This is a particularly unsafe situation with extremely low humidity and high winds".

Progress on the River Fire has gained ground as responders reached 58 percent containment on the 48,000-acre blaze.

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Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created what is called a fire whirl.

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", Brown said in a statement.

Two firefighters have been killed there since a fire erupted just west of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest.

Six people, including two firefighters, have died, and the fire has destroyed 1,060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, making it the sixth-most-destructive wildfire in California history, officials said.

A fire whirl - similar to a tornado - that occurred in the Carr Fire near Redding on July 26 had maximum winds in excess of 143 miles per hour, according to an initial analysis by the National Weather Service and Calfire.

The "firenado" also left behind damage that looked more like the work of a tornado than a wildfire-tiles stripped from roofs, trees uprooted, cars moved, a transmission tower tipped over.

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CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires.

"It's not good firefighting weather", Anderson said.

Adding that its estimates are, "Also based on historical comparisons to fires of similar size and magnitude in California, including the October and December 2017 fires in the state".

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling over a dozen major blazes throughout California, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

The report called for better "risk assessment" among firefighters.

FIRE MAP: Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning
Smoke rises above Clear Lake as the River Fire ( Mendocino Complex ) burns near Lakeport, California, U.S. The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County has grown over 115,000 acres and is 35 percent contained.

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