California wildfires by the numbers: $177M spent, more than 1,000 structures destroyed

A spate of Southern California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Philadelphia — combined. And the end might be weeks away.... Blustery Santa Ana winds literally added fuel to the fires. which began Dec. 4. Here are the numbers behind the blazes: 1 deathFirefighter Cory Iverson, from the San Diego unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), was killed on December 14. Iverson drove a fire engine and was killed on the east flank of the blaze. 281,620 acresThat's the size of the Thomas Fire, the largest one ripping across Southern California. It started in Ventura County and has been moving across Santa Barbara County. The fire is the largest blaze in modern California history. It's torched an area much larger than New York City.  $177 millionThat's how much money has been spent fighting the Thomas Fire, [...]

December 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Thomas fire in California now the 2nd largest in state’s history

The monster Thomas fire north of Los Angeles is leaving its place in the state's record books as it is now officially the second largest fire in California history. For the past 16 days, the fire that has been turning mountainsides to ash has grown. The fire only needs to consume a couple thousand more acres to dethrone the 2003 Cedar fire that maintains the top spot on the list. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced this morning that 60 percent of the fire is contained, up from 55 percent Tuesday and 50 percent on Monday. Cal Fire reported that it was the same size -- 272,000 acres -- as the night before. So far, the overpowering Thomas fire has claimed two lives, caused more than 100,000 people to flee their homes and destroyed 1,313 structures. More than 8,526 firefighters have put [...]

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Wind shifts quickly on Railroad Fire, spot fires billow smoke southwest

A turbulent shift in the winds on the Railroad Fire in Fish Camp Wednesday afternoon pushed smoke in a southwest direction. Daniel Tune, information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said that despite the smoke, the fire was at least 3 to 4 miles from Ahwahnee. He said to burn a mile would be roughly equivalent to burning 640 acres, meaning the blaze would have to double or triple in size to get close to the community, which was extremely unlikely. “What happens with smoke like this is a kind of optical illusion where it looks closer than it actually is, like it looks close to Oakhurst, but not really,” Tune said. “It’s still miles away.” Tune said the flames hadn’t spread much further than a ranger station about a quarter mile south of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, near where the fire originally [...]

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments