Thousands more evacuated from California's largest wildfire - International

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain numerous wildifres in California, where two of their number and four civilians have been killed

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain numerous wildifres in California, where two of their number and four civilians have been killed

In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, a thank you banner for fire fighters, first responders and hospital workers hangs outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Dozens of staff members, including doctors, nurses and others at the medical center are keeping the hospital running despite losing their homes to the flames.

Gov. Jerry Brown at a press conference on August 1 warned that California may be in trouble if these mega fires continue to ravage the state.

To the southwest of Redding, new evacuations were ordered late Thursday at the Mendocino Complex, where twin fires have ravaged a combined 250 square miles (621 square kilometers), destroyed 41 residences and threatened 9,200 homes.

A home at the bottom of the hill was surrounded by fire trucks, with flames just outside its back yard.

In Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of a 115-square-mile (298-square-kilometer) forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism. 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 64,000 acres (258 square kilometres) and is only 39 per cent contained.

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




"These fires are just unpredictable and extremely unsafe. they've killed, they're killers", said McLean.

Additionally, there was a mandatory evacuation issued for Yosemite Valley.

CBS SF Bay Area reports that California's devastating blazes have been fueled by drought, heat and what Calfire calls missed opportunities to clear overgrown forests. "Because of the current level of commitment and forecast, having fire management expertise from Australian and New Zealand with specialized experienced firefighters will be of tremendous help as we continue suppressing ongoing fires".

The Carr wildfire's potential to create a billion dollar insurance industry loss is an early reminder of the impacts the wildfire peril can have.

"Prescribed burns alone will not stop that, but it is a tool that we can use to reduce the effect of those large fires", said Porter.

According to the numbers CAL FIRE released Wednesday morning, the two fires have burned 90,912 acres; 59,019 on the Ranch Fire, and 31,898 on the River Fire. But two years ago, only 13,000 acres were burned while the previous three years each saw only around 3,000 acres burned. But it's also come from pushback. Gov.

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