Recent heatwave temperatures in the USA have meant that the country is more prone than ever to forest fires, as more fuels are available to promote growth. "We're kind of anxious to get in there". We're hoping you can help make them whole again. 14 homes have been destroyed and another 12,000 are threatened.
But tens of thousands of others were still under evacuation orders.
Fire officials say a massive blaze in Northern California that has killed six people and torched more than 1,000 homes grew overnight, fueled by wind. It is believed to be in the top 10 on the list of most destructive fires in the state's history. The weather isn't helping: low humidity, winds, and dry conditions are challenging firefighting efforts.
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- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.
Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, huge tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters in Sacramento Wednesday.
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At a state Office of Emergency Services press conference today, Brown said firefighters would have to adapt to increasingly severe wildfires in the years to come because of climate change.
Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties.
Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Charlie Blankenheim told a gathering of residents at a meeting in Kelseyville Wednesday night that the Ranch Fire had burned more than 25,000 acres of the national forest.
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Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region. The Carr Fire had grown into the 6th most destructive fire in state history surpassing the 2017 Nuns Fire in Sonoma County.
A 100-square mile fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, had burned nearly 100 square miles and was 39 percent contained after burning for nearly three weeks.