Nevada County Strike Team now on the Mendocino Complex

03 August, 2018, 17:21 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Carr Fire

Firefighters found the unlikely pair last week in the doorway of a home seeking shelter from the nearby fire.

Bulldozer operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, California on July 31.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Lakeport, Calif. Evacuation orders remained in effect Tuesday for the town of Lakeport, the county seat, along with some smaller communities and a section of the Mendocino National Forest. The Eel Fire is about 10 miles east of Covelo and is up to 1,000 acres.it's just 5 percent contained, and only 38 people are working on it.

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

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California Gov. Jerry Brown says his state is in "uncharted territory" with the current slew of intense wildfires and he warns that climate change has made the situation "part of our ordinary experience".

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Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties had burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide.

Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for. It ranks as the sixth most destructive California wildfire on record.

"Nature is very powerful and we are not on the side of nature", Brown said.

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