Carr Fire has now scorched over 100,000 acres in California; containment up to 23 percent

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDDING, Calif.) — Firefighters are making progress in battling a deadly wildfire in Northern California but the fire that’s leveled hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee the area has now crossed over 100,000 acres burned.The Carr Fire was 23 percent contained as of Monday night, up from about 17 percent on Sunday, as fire crews raced to smother the massive blaze before the weather turned against them. The fire was just 5 percent contained on Sunday morning.At least six people have died and more than 950 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fire ignited last week, fire officials said.Among the dead were two firefighters and a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren, who died when the fire swept through their home in Redding, California. The sixth victim, who was not identified, did not evacuate despite receiving a warning, authorities said.Authorities at a community meeting Monday evening said 19 people were reported missing, but they cautioned they likely just haven’t checked in with family members or friends.The National Weather Service has forecast more hot and dry conditions for the days ahead, along with high wind gusts. Temperatures will remain over 100 degrees through the end of the week.“Extreme fire conditions continued today while Firefighters worked to build control lines,” Cal Fire said in a statement on Sunday. “Shifting winds, dry fuels and steep drainages contributed to rapid growth.”The fire, ignited by a vehicle on July 23, has scorched 103,772 acres of land, destroying 818 homes and damaging another 167, officials said Monday. Three commercial structures and 311 outbuildings were destroyed.Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate, with four local centers opened to handle the inflows. Some residents got good news on Monday, as evacuation orders were lifted in the area of Douglas City, California.Over 3,600 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and in the air, as officials have deployed 17 helicopters, 334 fire engines, 68 bulldozers and 65 water tenders.The Carr Fire was one several uncontained wildfires raging in California as the state deals with brutal temperatures and dry conditions.Another large fire, dubbed the Ferguson Fire, has killed two people, both firefighters, and burned more than 54,481 acres in Mariposa County, California, near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. That fire was about 30 percent contained as of late Sunday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wildfires continue to burn in west as warmer temperatures head east

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Gusty, warm winds and dry conditions help spread a new wildfire in the West, this time in Colorado Springs.The Bear Creek Fire temporarily led to mandatory evacuations for 235 homes. According to Colorado Springs Fire, nursing homes near the fire were under pre-evacuation orders.However, as of Friday morning, the fire is 50% contained thanks to an aggressive aerial attack by firefighters and all evacuations have now been lifted.Additionally, record to near-record highs have been reported from Colorado to the Texas panhandle.Some of that warm and dry air will make its way east Friday, with temperatures in the 60s from Detroit to Boston. These temperatures will be up to 20 degrees above normal.Major cities in the Northeast will enjoy unseasonably warm weather for the next couple of days, with highs near 60 in New York City and Boston and into the middle 60s in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.Moving into the holiday week, much of the country will be warmer than normal on Thanksgiving.While having your holiday dinner outside might be an option for some, much of the East Coast will have unsettled and wet weather for Thanksgiving.The best weather around the country will be in the central U.S., from the western Great Lakes to the southern Plains and western Texas, where temperatures will be warmer than normal and dry.Unsettled and chilly weather is expected for the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, where temperatures will be below normal. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more