San Jose crews help battle massive Mendocino Complex, Carr fires

02 August, 2018, 22:42 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Eel Fire sparks in Mendocino County, in addition to Mendocino Complex Fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the Carr Fire.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". Jerry Brown. "All that is the new normal that we will have to face". The Carr Fire, which ignited last week, has burned more than 115,000 acres.

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening. "We are part of that process", he said. More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze.

His main message focused on the devastation from wildfires seen across California that will only get "worse in the coming years".

"We know one of the most stressful things during a disaster is information", Shasta County Fire Chief Mike Hebrard acknowledged. "It's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe, and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation".

"Fire is a way of life in California".

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The Ranch and River fires, collectively called the Mendocino Complex, are blazing in and near the southeast corner of the Mendocino National Forest, northwest of Sacramento.

Property losses so far have been put at 1,546 structures, including 1,058 homes, making the Carr Fire the sixth most destructive in California's history. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 photo, bulldozers operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, Calif.

Meanwhile, at least three new fires erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 405 hectares of land.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

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