Wildfires scorch homes, land - and California's firefighting budget

Wildfires scorch homes, land - and California's firefighting budget

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched more than 125,800 acres (50,900 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region.

Along with a bulldozer contract employee and a Redding firefighter killed in the Carr Fire, the captain of a wildland hotshots team and a Cal Fire heavy equipment operator have been killed in the Ferguson fire burning near Yosemite in Mariposa County.

Property losses so far have been put at 1,546 structures, including 1,058 homes, making the Carr Fire the sixth most destructive in California's history.

The high winds and temperatures that helped drive the Carr Fire - the largest of at least 17 major fires that have ravaged California in recent weeks - have eased somewhat, allowing firefighters to create more containment lines, according to Liam Moriarty, a reporter with Jefferson Public Radio.

"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.

Josh Lister and his family lost their home and belongings after the fire swept through Redding, a city of nearly 100,000 people.

A new fire, being called the Eel Fire, is causing need for mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County as of Tuesday.

Carr Fire California wildfires

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas.

While conducting their mission, the Grass Valley crews came upon an unlikely pair of animals impacted by the fire.

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

As many as 14,600 residents have been evacuated, fire officials said, and more than 12,000 structures are threatened.

"We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons", Gov.

Cal Fire officials said Thursday that weather conditions remain unstable as shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to tax firefighters.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said.

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