Containment Of Massive Mendocino Fire Not Expected Until September

Containment Of Massive Mendocino Fire Not Expected Until September

In Northern California's Shasta County, the devastating Carr Fire claimed its seventh victim Saturday when a Pacific Gas & Electric worker died while working with a crew to restore power, utility spokesman J.D. Guidi said. Resources from Dallas Fire-Rescue and the Lewisville, Little Elm and Lake Cities fire departments will also be going to assist as a task force.

The Mendocino Complex Fire rapidly became the largest wildfire in California history.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous U.S. state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.

Its intensity was so great at one point, that it generated a tornado-like fire storm - as well as its own weather system.

Total containment for the complex has improved slightly to 34 percent, Cal Fire said.

Frisco Fire Battalion Chief Shannon Brinton will be serving as the TIFMAS Northeast Branch coordinator for the deployment, which is expected to last 14 days.

The complex of fire has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state because it is mostly raging in remote areas.

In all, more than 14,000 firefighters are battling major blazes throughout California. One firefighter has been injured, according to Cal Fire, but the severity of the injury is unclear.

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That's just a glimpse of the devastation that California's fire season has wrought so far this year.

The wildfire about 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco started more than two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire. The tweets puzzled not only the state officials, but also scientists, who said that Trump not only failed to address human-caused climate change but also seemed to confuse the completely separate issues of fire protection and water management.

No homes are immediately threatened but officials warn that smoke could blanket neighborhoods and create unhealthy conditions.

After igniting in a relatively small area on Monday afternoon it mushroomed to 4,000 acres and was not contained at all as of Tuesday morning, according to the US Forest Service. The almost century-old Dardanelle Resort has sustained massive structural damage, though the details were unclear, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported.

"It's unprecedented in these seven communities", Lake County Supervisors Chairman Jim Steele told KTVU, "having all of these shoreline communities evacuated, everyone is nervous about getting back in".

The rustic lodge 180 miles east of San Francisco is nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains and offers cabin and motel rentals along with RV sites, a store and restaurant.

More than 27,500 USDA Forest Service firefighters are now tackling different wildfires around the US.

A man watches the Thomas Fire in the hills above Carpinteria, California, December 11, 2017.

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