Satellite Footage Shows Rapid Growth of the Deadly Californian Wildfires

Satellite Footage Shows Rapid Growth of the Deadly Californian Wildfires

Satellite Footage Shows Rapid Growth of the Deadly Californian Wildfires

Firefighters in Northern California are making progress tackling a stubborn blaze that has already consumed more than 1,000 homes. Almost 10 days after it started near Highway 299 west of Redding, the fire is only 35 percent contained.

With more than 20 active fires small and very large tearing across the state, California Gov.

Officials said Wednesday that the Carr Fire was the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history.

Justin Sanchez recorded his family's getaway as a deadly California wildfire and firenado barreled toward them last week.

The governor says the new normal involves a longer fire season with far more destruction. Crews "still have quite a bit of work to do" to shore up containment lines, he said.

"The wind isn't as strong as it was a week ago", Cal Fire's John Clingingsmith said.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation warning around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

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Elsewhere, fire authorities, utility crews and police were stepping up efforts to remove hazards such as downed power lines and ruptured gas lines to allow evacuees to return as quickly as possible to areas no longer threatened.

Incident Commander Brett Gouvea said weather was helping.

Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties. "It takes a toll on people". Roughly 15,000 residents have been evacuated.

About nine miles northwest of Yuba City, the Butte Fire has grown to more than 1,500 acres and was moving at a "critical" rate of speed, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said, according to The Sacramento Bee.

After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.

The huge Redding area blaze that has been burning for more than a week has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people.

The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, officials said.

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