Six people, including two firefighters, have died, and the fire has destroyed 1,058 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said.
Firefighters in Northern California are making progress tackling a stubborn blaze that has already consumed more than 1,000 homes. The Carr Fire, which ignited last week, has burned more than 115,000 acres.
The wildfire is now the seventh most destructive wildfire in California history. The vehicle was burning with lesser intensity this week and postured minimal danger to populated zones. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the Carr Fire.
He says with 32 million cars on California roads and the population steadily increasing, lawmakers will have to start allocating more funds to fighting wildfires in the future. "We are part of that process", he said.
The Associated Press writes, "The Lake County seat of Lakeport remained under evacuation orders and was a virtual ghost town, although people were allowed back home in several smaller communities as firefighters shored up containment lines". For our Shasta and Trinity County family, that time is now.
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The inferno swiftly engulfed everything in its path as residents fled for their lives, many with only their pets and a few belongings.
Cal Fire said that "steep terrain, erratic winds, and previously unburned fuels are contributing to spot fire potential".
"Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there", said Governor Jerry Brown.
"This is serious", Brown said.
"We're in for a really rough ride, and it's going to get expensive, it's going to get risky", Brown said.