The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties, which was sparked July 23 by a non-criminal vehicle fire at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road west of Redding, Calif., has burned more than 115,000 acres and was 35 percent contained as of this morning. Almost 10 days after it started near Highway 299 west of Redding, the fire is only 35 percent contained.
"The more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they're now occurring in real time", he said. Get the full story in the video above.
At a state Office of Emergency Services press conference today, Brown said firefighters would have to adapt to increasingly severe wildfires in the years to come because of climate change. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.
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The high winds and temperatures that helped drive the Carr Fire - the largest of at least 17 major fires that have ravaged California in recent weeks - have eased somewhat, allowing firefighters to create more containment lines, according to Liam Moriarty, a reporter with Jefferson Public Radio. "You can expect, unfortunately, that to keep intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". "We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons. We are part of that process", he said.
Ninety-eight large active fires burned across the United States that week, according to the NOAA.
Strong gusts kicking up along the upper ridge lines on Wednesday night were a cause for concern on the fire's rugged western flanks, a few miles from the town of Lewiston, which remained evacuated.
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Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.
Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.
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