Twin blazes form California's largest wildfire in history

Charlene Craig
August 7, 2018

The declaration makes federal funds available to residents of Shasta County, where the Carr Fire outside Redding, California, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes. The massive wildfire has grown to 154,524 acres and is 41 percent contained. That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen, ' he said.

Its intensity was so great at one point, that it generated a tornado-like whirl of fire - as well as its own weather system.

Some 15,000 structures were threatened, 68 homes have been destroyed and at least a dozen are damaged, officials said.

A hillside smolders after flames passed through during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, August 5, 2018. It has burned through 225,000 acres - almost twice its size on Friday.

Cal Fire reported that a huge amount of resources have been concentrated on trying to get containment on the Carr Fire including 386 fire engines; 99 water tenders; 16 helicopters; 77 hand crews; 123 bulldozers; 4,674 personnel; and air tankers from throughout the state flying fire suppression missions.

"We're going back into the high 90s".

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The global fire teams were to arrive in Redding, California, on Monday, said Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott. "Everything is still dry".

CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires.

Two fires in northern California have become the largest in the state's history, fire officials have said.

That system, a combination of the Ranch Fire and the River Fire, totals more than 250,000 acres about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

This fire has killed two people and injured 11 others. Officials said it killed a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee Saturday in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, bringing the death toll to seven.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump has reiterated social media comments that the fires' spread is being "made so much worse" by California's environmental laws.

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The San Antonio Fire Department said it is preparing to send a crew to Northern California to help first responders with the Carr Fire.

Trump doubled down Monday, saying that California Gov.

For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California's wetter north to the drier, more populated south. Trump contended Monday that water could be used for "fires, farming and everything else".

"We feel like we're doing pretty good above Lucerne and Nice, but there is still a lot of potential, and we're using a lot of aircraft to hold (the fire) in place", he continued. "And I'm not aware of any situation in which those conflicts have restricted the availability of water for firefighting purposes". "That's the ultimate driver behind what's happening in California".

"Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed by state, local, and private landholders, and the choked, dying, or burned federal forests", McClintock said.

John Abatzoglou, a University of Idaho climatologist who was the lead author on that study, called the president's statement "confusing, if not completely incoherent".

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