Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Weather to bring renewed fire danger to Northern California

Weather to bring renewed fire danger to Northern California

The Democratic governor said he was confident the Republican president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did past year when the California's wine country was hit hard.

"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property loses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster", the White House said in a written statement. "Tragedies bring people together".

One of the fires moved deeper into the Mendocino National Forest, "an area with some hunting cabins and some private property but no towns", Lake County Sheriff Lt. Corey Paulich said. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained.

Another blaze that ignited last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Mr Veverka, 34, said: "Right now, it's pretty much guaranteed we'll go from fire to fire to fire, until everything is out". It has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924 acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive California wildfire on record.

More than 4,200 firefighters have been deployed to battle the conflagration but they have only succeeded in containing 41 percent of it so far. Another spokesperson for Cal Fire told the Los Angeles Times "there have been no issues getting water" from the major reservoirs near those areas.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

Brown also stressed that California must continue to lessen the effects of climate change, which is blamed for exacerbating the warm and dry conditions that lead to wildfires.

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A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. They have grown to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

The fires, north of San Francisco, have burned 75 homes and is only 30 percent contained.

Meteorologist Steve Anderson said temperatures will remain in the 90s in the region throughout the week with wind gusts reaching 25 miles per hour during the day Sunday. Officials say firefighters hope to have them both contained in a 1.5 weeks.

The Mendocino Complex fire, as it's called, consists of two separate conflagrations that had consumed more than 200,000 acres by Saturday afternoon and had forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. It was almost halfway contained, Cal Fire said.

As an army of firefighters battled 17 large wildfires burning across California, the focus on Saturday was a pair of blazes burning on either side of Clear Lake, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Blankenheim said crews face "extreme fire behavior" near Stonyford in Colusa County, with 40 miles of open fire line extending northwest into the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".

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