Just a month into the budget year, California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said Wednesday. "You can expect, unfortunately, that to keep intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". We're in new normal...
To the southwest of the Carr Fire, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the 95,000-acre (38,450-hectare) Medocino Complex, made up of the Ranch and River fires that have destroyed seven homes and forced thousands to evacuate. The more than 62,000-acre blaze was 39 percent contained this afternoon.
While much larger fires burn to the south, in Mendocino and Lake counties, and firefighting resources are stretched, Cal Fire crews filling in for peers at the other fires responded, along with federal firefighting resources, said George Gonzalez, Cal Fire's unit chief for Mendocino County. It has destroyed almost 1,000 homes and killed six people and is now considered the seventh most destructive wildfire in the state's history.
A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire burning in Lakeport in California.
"We're in for a really rough ride, and it's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe", Brown said.
Brown added: "I would suspect there will be more fires to come, and more fires each year for a very long time because it's going to be a while before we shift the weather back to where it historically was". "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".
Ninety-eight large active fires burned across the U.S. that week, according to the NOAA.
North of San Francisco, residents from about 60 homes were evacuated as a fire near the Mendocino National Forest erupted late Tuesday.
Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.