Offbeat Firefighters make progress on Northern California wildfire

14:20  05 july  2018
14:20  05 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

7,700-acre wildfire in Northern California prompts evacuations, destroys 12 structures and threatens hundreds more

  7,700-acre wildfire in Northern California prompts evacuations, destroys 12 structures and threatens hundreds more A wind-driven wildfire tore through the small community of Spring Valley in Northern California over the weekend, scorching 7,700 acres, prompting evacuations and destroying a dozen structures by Sunday afternoon while threatening hundreds more. Residents of roughly 600 homes in the remote area were ordered to pack up and leave. Those who stayed behind were urged to limit their water usage so it could be conserved for firefighting. Authorities orderedResidents of roughly 600 homes in the remote area were ordered to pack up and leave. Those who stayed behind were urged to limit their water usage so it could be conserved for firefighting.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in Northern California with only several of them partially contained. Firefighters "are tired, they're working hard; but we're making great progress " on the Atlas Fire in Sonoma and other stubborn blazes.

Related: Southern California wildfires grow, threatening more homes. More progress has also been made in fighting the Skirball Fire , which broke out in the tony Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

a red fire truck driving down a street: Flames from the County Fire, covering Yolo and Napa counties, east of Lake Berryessa, California, U.S. are pictured in this handout photo© REUTERS Flames from the County Fire, covering Yolo and Napa counties, east of Lake Berryessa, California, U.S. are pictured in this handout photo

Firefighters in Northern California have made progress on a stubborn blaze west of Sacramento, allowing some residents to return to their homes after they were evacuated.

The so-called County Fire has consumed 86,000 acres (35,000 hectares) of grass, brush and dense scrub oak as of late on Wednesday, an increase of about 5 percent from earlier in the day, California Fire said.

Some residents were allowed to return home after being evacuated while the fire threatened some 1,500 homes, Cal Fire said in a statement on Wednesday.

California wildfire grows, 1,500 under evacuation orders

  California wildfire grows, 1,500 under evacuation orders Fire officials say a wildfire in Northern California that forced about 1,500 people to flee their homes grew overnight and was heading toward a sparsely populated area. California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Emily Smith said Tuesday that the fire in Lake County north of San Francisco is now nearly 18 square miles. The blaze burning through dry brush, grass and timber has destroyed 12 homes since it started on Saturday and is threatening 600 structures.SAN FRANCISCO — A wildfire in Northern California that forced about 1,500 people to flee their homes grew overnight and was heading toward a sparsely populated area in a region hit hard by wildfires in recent years, authorities said Tuesday.

(Reuters) - Firefighters have made progress against a wildfire burning in Northern California that has threatened hundreds of buildings and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, fire officials said.

Officials in Northern California announced Wednesday that fire crews are making significant progress in stopping what has become the (MORE: Couple Survives Wildfire by Hiding in Swimming Pool). "It's like pulling teeth to get firefighters and law enforcement to disengage from what they are

A force of almost 3,500 firefighters widened its containment lines around to 27 percent up from 25 percent earlier in the day, the agency said.

Firefighters have been challenged by strong wind gusts, steep inaccessible terrain and dry vegetation as they have fought the unrelenting wildfire that began on Saturday.

No structures have been damaged so far, officials said.

The United States is experiencing an unusually active fire season, with the risk considered well above normal for many Western states, according to federal forecasters.

Temperatures in the area of the California blaze will reach close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) on Thursday, the National Weather Service said, warning of widespread haze and areas of smoke.

Fire rages across tinder-dry moorland in northwest England

  Fire rages across tinder-dry moorland in northwest England Dozens of people have been evacuated from homes in northwest England as firefighters tackle a blaze spreading across tinder-dry moorland. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said 100 firefighters were tackling seven pockets of fire across a 3.7 mile (6 kilometer) area of Saddleworth Moor on the outskirts of the city.

California firefighters work overtime battling wildfires . Fire officials said crews were starting to make some progress in containing the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California since Sunday and killed at least 35 people.

(Reuters) - Firefighters have made progress against a wildfire burning in Northern California that has threatened hundreds of buildings and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, fire officials said.

Wildfires have burned through nearly 2.5 million acres in the United States from Jan. 1 through Monday, well above an average of about 2.3 million for the same period over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

In Colorado, firefighters faced high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds on Wednesday as they battled eight major blazes that have torched more than 140,000 acres in the drought-stricken state.

The largest wildfire, the Spring Fire, has consumed 95,739 acres in southern Colorado, destroying more than 100 homes, forcing evacuations of several communities and closing a road. That fire was just 5 percent contained.

The Spring Fire is the second-largest fire on record in Colorado, officials said.

Jesper Joergensen, a 52-year-old Danish national, is suspected of starting the fire and is being held on first-degree arson charges, the Costilla County Sheriff's Office said. He is in the country illegally and may face deportation, police said.

(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Crews gaining on huge Nevada wildfire visible from space .
RENO, Nev. — More than 600 firefighters slowed the progress Tuesday of a massive wildfire in a remote part of northern Nevada that is generating so much heat and smoke that it's now visible from space.A NASA satellite captured infrared imaging of the fire that has burned nearly 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) of mostly sage brush, grasses and rangeland — an area almost half the size of the state of Rhode Island, according to the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.Dubbed the Martin Fire, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday it was the largest wild land fire burning in the United States.

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