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Crews battling California wildfires face extreme conditions

02 August, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Some of the 40,000 residents who were forced to flee as the Carr Fire approached say they did not get any notification ahead of time, according to Sam Harnett, a reporter with member station KQED in San Francisco.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". Jerry Brown warned Wednesday that this very busy fire season is "the new normal".

A cat and a chicken were found on Monday huddled together in a doorway seeking shelter from the Carr Fire - a fire that has devastated more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding - by firefighters. "We are part of that process", he said.

More than 4,000 fire personnel are battling the flames, but triple-digit heat, shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain are working against them, officials said.

Sixteen of the largest wildfires burning in California have scorched 320,000 acres, authorities said Wednesday - an area larger than the entire city of Los Angeles.

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"Over a decade or so, we're going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it", said Gov. "It's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe, and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation". To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures.

Meanwhile, at least three new fires erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 405 hectares of land.

The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest.

Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.

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