Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Florida firefighters report for duty on front lines of California fires

Florida firefighters report for duty on front lines of California fires

Apparently firefighters on the River Fire have been very successful on the south and east flanks, with those locations showing little to no growth Wednesday in the Lakeport and Finley areas.

With high winds expected to worsen, throwing hot embers over containment lines, "we could continue to see those conditions pose difficulty for us into the night-time hours", he added.

The United Way is one of many standing together with the victims, creating a fund that will directly benefit those effected by the fire.

"The western edge of fire continued to challenge crews yesterday evening", Cal Fire said Wednesday.

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A deadly wildfire in Northern California continues to burn - and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down any time soon. The two fires have burned a total of 110,168 acres - 74,890 on the Ranch Fire and 35,278 on the River Fire, according to the numbers released by CAL FIRE Monday morning.

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More than 13,000 firefighters are being aided by crews from as far away as Florida, but Brown repeated predictions from fire officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

More than 1,000 families have lost their homes, their prized possessions.

The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for the Mendocino Complex Fire area beginning at 11 a.m Friday and running through 11 p.m. Saturday.

Fire officials said such blazes had been fuelled by several years of drought-dessicated vegetation, and stoked by frequent and persistent bouts of erratic winds and triple-digit temperatures.

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