Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday.

Dubbed the Eel fire, it started about 3:30 p.m.in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

The fire, which is almost twice the size of Sacramento, was only partially contained after more than a week. "We are part of that process", he said.

With high winds expected to worsen, throwing hot embers over containment lines, "we could continue to see those conditions pose difficulty for us into the night-time hours", he told Reuters by telephone. The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County has grown over 115,000 acres and is 35 percent contained.

With more than 20 active fires small and very large tearing across the state, California Gov.

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After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.

Thousands of firefighters were struggling Thursday to contain two vast wildfires in California, one of which has become one of the most destructive blazes in the state's history. Firefighters found the unlikely pair last week in the doorway of a home seeking shelter from the nearby fire.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, enormous tracts of forest, shrub and grassland have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire. Yosemite National Park's treasured Yosemite Valley, which has been closed since July 25, was among several areas of the park that won't reopen until at least Sunday because of heavy smoke from the Ferguson Fire.

A resident watches as a plume of smoke grows from the Ranch Fire (Mendocino Complex) in the hills north of Upper Lake, California, U.S. August 1, 2018.

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