Cat, Chicken Found ‘Huddled Together’ as Carr Fire Burns Shasta County Neighborhood

Minnie Murray
August 2, 2018

While much larger fires burn to the south, in Mendocino and Lake counties, and firefighting resources are stretched, Cal Fire crews filling in for peers at the other fires responded, along with federal firefighting resources, said George Gonzalez, Cal Fire's unit chief for Mendocino County.

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures. Get the full story in the video above.

"Fire is a way of life in California". Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

The Carr Fire had grown into the 6th most destructive fire in state history surpassing the 2017 Nuns Fire in Sonoma County. "You can expect, unfortunately, for that to intensify".

The Ranch and River fires, collectively called the Mendocino Complex, are blazing in and near the southeast corner of the Mendocino National Forest, northwest of Sacramento.

It used to be that we'd talk about the impact of fire seasons, but today, it's more like fire years.

"We recognize that as people enter back into their neighborhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbors that have lost homes", Moore said. The Associated Press says at least three new ones erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region.

Redding Police on Tuesday asked for help from the public locating four people who are still missing.

Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

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 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.

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