Fires explode in Northern California

Aaron Brown
August 2, 2018

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McLean said there was no guarantee of safety in a state that has been ravaged by years of drought, turning trees and brush to tinder.

"This is extremely risky work", Allen told USA TODAY. Temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C) and low humidity were to likely to persist.

"It's all about smoke and sweat and grit".

High winds have complicated the effort to fight the blaze near Redding, which was believed to have been started July 23 by a vehicle mechanical failure, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). But he said the death toll could rise.

A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.

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As of 7 a.m., 884 homes, four commercial structures and 348 outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire; while another 169 homes, 5 commercial structures and 51 outbuildings have been damaged. Still, many thousands more remained evacuated.

"We're turning the corner. And it did. And so I'm in limbo, total limbo as to what's going on up there", McDonald said.

It was the longest closure at Yosemite since 1997 when floods closed the park for more than two months.

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No rain is forecast until at least next week.

Since the blaze ignited eight days ago, two firefighters have lost their lives fighting the blaze.

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", he said.

"The intense heat adds to the fatigue factor, and nothing is more important than hydration", Allen says. The Ferguson Fire, burning near Yosemite, is almost 57,000 acres and is 30 percent contained.

Deputy Incident Commander Ron Myers said at a meeting of Lake County residents that the priority has been protecting residents and their property.

"But you can't stop doing what you have to do, and you can't stop facing what you have to face", she said. "We continue to be confident, but we don't have control of this, we don't have control of Mother Nature". Containment grew overnight to 24 percent. Two firefighters have died battling the blaze.

The east-west route in the park - Big Oak Flat Road, or California 120 West, to Crane Flat and Tioga Road, or California 120 East - remains open.

"It's blowing into the fire, and it's kind of blowing it back on itself", he said.

Bacon reported from McLean, Va. Sandhu reported for the Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight.

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