New Western Fire in Mendocino County near Highway 101 50% contained


Grass Valley Firefighters assigned to OES Engine 334 as part of OES Strike Team 4806A left at 0300 on July 26th to the Carr Fire in Shasta.

California fire captain Robert Veverka and his crew arrived in Redding, California, last Thursday night as gale-force winds whipped the Carr Fire into a flaming tornado.

Any family and friends who would like to report a missing person can call the Carr Fire Missing Persons Hotline: 530-225-4277.

"Just a month has passed since the start of the budget year, and state costs of fighting forest fires at least 125 million dollars., that is, a quarter of the annual budget", says AR.

Officials said the fire has destroyed 1,018 residences, 12 structures and 435 outbuildings.

A new fire, being called the Eel Fire, is causing need for mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County as of Tuesday. They also echo the frustration of many on the front lines battling the blazes.

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The Eel Fire became the third wildfire in Mendocino County to take off, joining the Mendocino Complex Fires - the names given to the River and Ranch fires that are burning elsewhere in that county - and the Carr Fire that has ravaged Shasta County.

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.

A 160-square-kilometre fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders Wednesday for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. "We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons".

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

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference.

"This is serious", Brown said.