Air Tanker Deployed to Contain Devastating Mendocino Complex Wildfires

Air Tanker Deployed to Contain Devastating Mendocino Complex Wildfires

Air Tanker Deployed to Contain Devastating Mendocino Complex Wildfires

"The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 102,790 hectares, making it the fifth largest blaze in California's history", AccuWeather said on its website.

However, growth on the Mendocino Complex, comprising the River and Ranch fires in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties, has slowed, while some evacuated communities begin to repopulate in North Lakeport, Cal Fire said. The fires are threatening about 9,000 homes.

Ayeta was the seventh person to die in that blaze, which has scorched more than 154,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames, a resident who authorities said refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders, and two firefighters.

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 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire.

As of Monday, the Carr Fire had consumed 163,207 acres and was 45 percent contained.

The White House also announced Sunday that Trump had issued a "major disaster" declaration in affected areas of Shasta County, where about 150,000 acres west of the city of Redding are engulfed in flames.

Nine people have been killed so far, including four firefighters.

Inspecting the fire-damaged neighborhoods of Redding on Saturday, the governor also said California needs a statewide emergency alert system. The highest threat areas are said to be near the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 108 eastbound at Eagle Meadow Road and westbound at Dardanelle Resort on Saturday because of the fast-growing fire, which is burning in steep and rough terrain in the Stanislaus National Forest. It has become the sixth most destructive wildfire in state history.

The River and Ranch fires had grown to cover a total of 92,600 hectares by late Saturday, and were considered 32 per cent contained.

The twin fires have destroyed 41 homes.

Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did a year ago when California's wine country was hit hard. "Tragedies bring people together". Melody Bledsoe of Redding, California, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, died after the fire engulfed Bledsoe's home. "But I would say things will get much tighter in the next five years, as the business cycle turns negative and as the fires continue", he said. In an interview with the Associated Press, NWS meteorologist Duane Dykema said the phenomenon was on par with some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes.

A seventh person was killed by the wildfires that have ravaged the western USA state of California. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes and killed eight people.

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