Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Kansas firefighters head west to help battle wildfires

A fire truck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire in Lakeport California on Tuesday Fred Greaves Reuters A fire truck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire in Lakeport California on Tuesday
Glenn Montgomery | 03 August, 2018, 17:24

This has been a tough fire season, which traditionally goes until the end of October and that means the worse could still be to come. Several roads in the area remained closed. The fire was nearly 35 percent contained, and thousands of residents were allowed to return to their neighborhoods. He told reporters Wednesday that "nature is very powerful, and we're not on the side of nature". "For instance, past year we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said.

With a red flag warning posted for this evening through Saturday, firefighters are continuing to be challenged by the Carr Fire, which now stands at 125,842 acres and remains at 35 percent containment.

The Carr Fire was one of more than a dozen racing through the parched state.

As of last week, the state has spent a quarter of its annual emergency budget on battling the fires.

Those gusts were slowing efforts in the steep, rugged terrain to carve out buffer zones in front of the fire's leading edge, said a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

A fire whirl spawned by the Carr Fire carried wind speeds equivalent to an EF-3 tornado, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

"In past decades, we may have seen fires like we are seeing now in August or September", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

The two fires have killed eight people, with the Carr Fire alone responsible for six of the deaths.

A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.

Air tankers have been dropping fire retardant on two wildfires in Northern California to help try and stop them spreading any further.

More than 1,000 families have lost their homes, their prized possessions.

Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties.

Rising temperatures cause an earlier melting of accumulated snowpack, Diffenbaugh said; those conditions mean that when the fire season approaches temperatures are now higher than usual and the ground is often dryer than usual.

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