California governor asks Trump to aid with fires

Sunday, 05 Aug, 2018

New evacuation orders were issued Thursday night for areas of the border between Lake and Colusa counties and the boundary of Mendocino National Forest.

Inspecting the fire-damaged neighbourhoods of Redding on Saturday, the governor also said California needs a statewide emergency alert system. The blazes have burned over 450,000 acres (703 square miles) and damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 structures. Those fires destroyed 55 homes and forced thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of the city.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has issued a new mandatory evacuation order for Lucerne, Glenhaven and Clearlake Oaks. The Mendocino Complex fire has scorched 314 square miles (813 square kilometers), making it the 7th largest ever in the state.

The Fresno Bee reported Saturday that a 50-vehicle procession carrying the body Brian Hughes drove through the town before the memorial service.

The River fire, which threatens west Clear Lake communities, is at about 32,000 acres with 38 percent containment. Fire officials said another 8,000 homes and other buildings were threatened - down from about 12,000 homes initially threatened as firefighters made progress in some areas even as the blaze expanded in others.

According to the latest report from Cal Fire, the most destructive blaze, the Carr fire, has grown to just below 132,000 acres, while containment is at 39 percent.

These numbers are likely to rise further, given the Carr fire is still only 37% contained and the weather conditions will remain conducive to burns, making fighting the fire more hard.

A Department of Forestry and Fire Protection preliminary report says each earlier slip alone qualified as a "near miss" warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse.

Its size overtook the deadly Carr Fire, about 100 miles (160 km) to the northeast, which is among 17 major blazes burning in tinder-dry forests and woodland peppered with dead trees from the state's 2011-2017 drought.

"Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there". Jerry Brown told reporters.

Gov. Jerry Brown at a press conference on August 1 warned that California may be in trouble if these mega fires continue to ravage the state.

"We pretty much lost everything", said Smith, 77, who has lived in the neighborhood with her 80-year-old husband for 29 years.

The National Park Service said Yosemite Valley is not threatened by the fire as of Friday at noon.

Access to Yosemite Valley is closed through Sunday due to fire operations, the NPS said. The northern third of the park remains open.