Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Officials have confirmed that six people, including two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren, have died.

California has long had problems with fires during the summer but climate change has been blamed for the hotter weather and extremely dry vegetation which have aided them.

A total of almost 3,900 people were fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, including crews from Arizona, Washington and Alaska.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump said. The Thomas Fire killed two people, burned 440 square miles, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Southern California before being fully contained January 12.

Firefighters predict they'll fully contain the Mendocino Complex fire by August 15.

The global fire teams were to arrive in Redding, California, on Monday, said Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott.

Since we last reported on the fire two days ago it has grown by 120,000 acres, according to the numbers released by CAL FIRE Monday morning.

Three specialist firefighters from South Australia's Country Fire Service are being deployed to Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district.

Patti Wold, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, which is investigating the cause of the Carr Fire, said Sunday the fire was believed to have been caused by a malfunction with a camper trailer but additional details were unavailable.

Since being ignited on 27 July they have devastated 283,000 acres (443.4 square miles).

Some 15,000 structures were threatened, 68 homes have been destroyed and at least a dozen are damaged, officials said.

Farther north, crews gained ground against a deadly blaze that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding.

As for the northern section of the fire, Blankenheim said it "continues to progress toward Lake Pillsbury, and we're building line on Middle Mountain Road and working toward the Eel River, trying to cut it off before it gets to the community of Lake Pillsbury".

The Holy Fire popped up on Monday in Orange County in Southern California and had already spread to 4,000 acres by 8 p.m. with zero percent containment.

At the same time, firefighters have pulled back in the uninhabited national forests to the north, where they have cut fire lines and are employing indirect methods.

Meanwhile, new evacuations were ordered Saturday near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

The amount of work on this fire is truly tremendous and expensive, with California rapidly running through the money budgeted for the summer fire season.

Firefighting costs have more than tripled from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $773 million in the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to Cal Fire.

Environmentalists and some politicians say the uptick in the intensity of the state's wildfire season may be linked in part to climate change. "If we continue to increase greenhouse gases and if we continue to have warming, this is just a stepping stone", MacDonald says.

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