California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined

(CNN)One week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, hundreds of firefighters are still struggling to contain it. The blaze is larger than all of New York City and was only 15% contained as of Monday morning, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.   At more than 230,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the Thomas Fire is now the fifth largest wildfire in modern California history. But it's only one of six major wildfires torching the state.   As the flames move on to new neighborhoods, some evacuated residents have returned to find no home standing.   David Karian used a hand rake to sift through the charred rubble of his elderly parents' home in Ventura.   "There's not much, but if there's a few things that will help them have some connection to the past, [...]

2018-11-04T10:13:51+00:00December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Nearly 2 million acres of land are burning across the US in one of the worst fire seasons we’ve ever seen

It's been a year of extreme weather. Hurricanes have devastated Texas and the Caribbean, and monsoon floods have displaced millions and killed more than 1,000 people in South Asia. Meanwhile, one of the worst US wildfire seasons in years has ignited blazes across the west. Almost 2 million acres of land — an area nearly the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined — are currently aflame, according to the September 14 daily report by the National Interagency Fire Center. There are more than 100 active wildfires and at least 41 uncontained large blazes, battled by more than 25,000 responders, the National Guard, and half a battalion of active-duty soldiers. Eagle Creek wildfire burns as golfers play at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington.REUTERS/Kristi McCluer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY "This one in particular has been a longer season. It really hasn't stopped since the fall of 2016," Chris Wilcox of the National [...]

2018-11-04T10:14:01+00:00September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Railroad Fire continues rampage to the east, grows to nearly 3,000 acres

More personnel were assigned to the Railroad Fire in Fish Camp by Friday morning but obtaining aircraft support has sometimes been difficult, even as the blaze continues its rapid growth east towards the Big Sandy area, officials said. Officials said the blaze was at 2,971 acres - an increase of more than 800 acres from Thursday night - and 0% contained, with 437 personnel assigned alongside 10 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 35 engines, 6 bulldozers, and 12 water tenders. Air tankers would likely be placed on order throughout the day, but due to fires throughout the state and West Coast, the exact number that would be available was not immediately known. “We anticipate progress today,” said Alex Olow, “We’re hopeful of increasing that containment percentage out of zero, but it’s really weather dependent.” The number of destroyed structures remained at seven - six of them [...]

2018-11-04T10:14:07+00:00September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Railroad Fire prompts evacuation of Tenaya Lodge and damages historic trains

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) -- All day the work of firefighters could be heard as they battled day two of a raging blaze in Madera and Mariposa Counties. You could see them in the Sierra National Forest, dousing hot flames with water-- a blaze that ran up countless trees and nearly hopped Highway 41. While both Sugar Pine and Fish Camp are under mandatory evacuation orders, there were some like Bob Keller who stayed behind. Keller has been without power for more than a day, but he said for now he holds the comfort in knowing his 60-year-old Fish Camp home is ok. "We've had nothing but help, the Forest Service, Cal Fire-- and they were a great help to keep things under control." However, there are dozens of others who do not have that peace of mind.   On our Twitter page, a few people [...]

2017-08-31T14:13:02+00:00August 31st, 2017|0 Comments