Mandatory evacuations are in place throughout Shasta and Trinity counties. There are still shelters located at Lower Lake High School, Middletown High and Middle Schools, Twin Pine Casino and Mt. Vista Middle School.
The deadly Carr Fire in California, already described by officials as the state’s sixth most destructive wildfire, grew almost 10,000 acres overnight Saturday as authorities said a seventh death was tied to the blaze. In his own post Monday, the interior secretary made no mention of the role scientists say climate change is playing in California, instead focusing on the need to remove dead and dying timber.
The two fires cover an area larger than a deadly wildfire burning near Redding, California.
At the evacuation center in Colusa, the Red Cross worker Dene Shaver said the repeated cycles of fire, home destruction and evacuation had begun to take a psychological toll on residents and caused them to question the future of living in this region, which has been a haven for retirees and others priced out of the Bay Area.
This is the seventh death associated with the Carr Fire, and the ninth death of this wildfire season.
The availability of water isn’t necessarily a governing factor in fighting bushfires, which aren’t battled like tenement blazes in the urban centre. 29 north to Upper Lake and Hwy. In response to the devastating wildfires in Shasta County, Tri Counties Bank has created a verified GoFundMe campaign to help those impacted by the fires.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that fast-spreading fires “are being magnified” by “bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized”. In his morning online briefing (see below) CalFire Section Chief Charlie Blankenheim described yesterday as “a very good day”.
“There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters”. However, the River Fire remained at 47,663 acres and 50-percent containment.
The Ferguson Fire started on July 13.
Crews battling the Mendocino Complex on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven, and Clearlake Oaks, said Tricia Austin of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire started the evening of August 1 on the east side of Donnell Lake. Yesterday the fire was held back along this line with direct fighting and aircraft, but the land there is extremely rugged and hard to work in.
“I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now”, he said.
Neither the drought, nor California’s water management policies, have stopped firefighters from using all the water they need to fight this year’s wildfires, experts say.
As for the western most section of the fire along Highway 20, “we’re looking really good, and we’re working on a plan for how we want to open Highway 20 and Hwy 29 so we can get traffic moving through there again”.