California Wildfires: 8 Dead, 230,000-Plus Acres Charred

Our prayers are for the victims, including families who’ve lost loved ones, first responders and their families, and all those affected by the Carr Fire (Redding) and Ferguson Fire (Yosemite National Forest).

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This from Los Angeles Patch:

Thousands of firefighters and personnel worked to contain more than a dozen wildfires burning Monday in California that killed eight people and destroyed hundreds of homes. As of Monday morning, the wildfires collectively burned more than 230,000 acres.

Northern California residents saw the biggest destruction with the largest wildfire in Shasta County. The Carr Fire, which ignited seven days ago in Whiskeytown before making its way to Redding, grew to more than 98,000 acres and was just 20 percent contained Monday morning. The fire, which claimed the lives of six people, including two firefighters, destroyed more than 700 homes and threatened another 5,000 structures.

The Ferguson Fire, which prompted the temporary closure of parts of the popular Yosemite National Forest, grew to 56,000 acres by Monday morning. In its 18th day, the wildfire claimed the lives of two firefighters and injured another seven people. With the fire 30 percent contained, park officials were hopeful to reopen Yosemite Valley by the end of the week. FULL STORY

California Fires

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) A Los Angeles city firefighter walks through a charred field as he looks for hot spots after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29, 2018 in Redding, California. A Redding firefighter and a bulldozer operator were killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire that has burned over 80,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes. The fire is 5 percent contained.

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