California's Gov. Brown: Wildfires Are Evidence Of Changing Climate 'In Real Time'

Saul Bowman
August 3, 2018

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 buildings, according to officials.

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening.

Property misfortunes so far have been put at 1,546 structures, including 1,0580 homes, influencing the Carr To flame the 6th most damaging in California's history. Get the full story in the video above.

About nine miles northwest of Yuba City, the Butte Fire has grown to more than 1,500 acres and was moving at a "critical" rate of speed, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said, according to The Sacramento Bee. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures.

The fire was burning in federal forest land and a handful of residents in the area were warned Tuesday night to evacuate, said Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney.

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

"So we're going to have to adapt, we're going to change our technology, but in the meantime we're going to spend a hell of a lot of money and there is going to be a lot of unpleasant events and suffering as a result", said Governor Brown. They'll not only be battling the fire, but shifting winds and hilly terrain.

When asked about the potential for larger fires this summer and fall, Brown said: "I don't have a crystal ball here but I would not be surprised if there were more fires..."

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

A firefighter runs while trying to save a home in Lakeport on Tuesday.

The fire doubled in size on July 28, nearly a week after it started.

Meanwhile, firefighters were engaged in a pitched battle to contain at least 19 major wildfires that have claimed at least six lives and charred hundreds of square miles in recent weeks.

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