Friday, 22 November, 2019


Battle to save towns from largest wildfire in California history

Flames from Carr Fire in Shasta County on Monday Battle to save towns from largest wildfire in California history
Bennie Garza | 07 August, 2018, 08:35

It's a virtual certainty the fire will become the state's largest wildfire in history in the coming days, as last December's Thomas fire, claimed 281,893 acres.

As of this morning, the Ranch Fire had grown to 225,001 acres with 21% containment. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County". The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding. "What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", said Pimlott.

The Carr Fire has destroyed 1,080 residences, 24 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings.

It is not the first time active-duty troops from JBLM have been sent to help with California wildfires. Jerry Brown called for aid from the Trump administration.

With the fire still burning and containment only at 30 percent, the Mendocino Complex could top the Thomas Fire that burned in Southern California late past year to become the largest in state history.

At the evacuation center in Colusa, the Red Cross worker Dene Shaver said the repeated cycles of fire, home destruction and evacuation had begun to take a psychological toll on residents and caused them to question the future of living in this region, which has been a haven for retirees and others priced out of the Bay Area.

With several major wildfires burning across California, officials suggested they would decide where to deploy the extra firefighters once they arrived.

He tweeted on Monday that the wildfires were being "magnified & made so much worse" because of a Californian policy to divert water into the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, says it's having no issue finding water to fight the fires. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice!

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley said of firefighters who had cut buffer lines around 30 percent of the blaze. "That's what we're trying to prevent", Austin said. Firefighting aircraft can dip in and out of cattle ponds or other small bodies of water to scoop up water for dropping and spraying on flames.

"Jurisdictions are drawing on any and all available resources to contain all of the fires statewide and to quickly attack and attempt the extinguish the myriad of new fire starts that arise across all regions of the state every day". Last August, JBLM soldiers gave support in battling blazes in northern California, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

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