Gov. Brown: Fires are Now Part of the ‘Ordinary Experience’ for Californians

Gov. Brown: Fires are Now Part of the ‘Ordinary Experience’ for Californians

Gov. Brown: Fires are Now Part of the ‘Ordinary Experience’ for Californians

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. More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County has grown over 115,000 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Extreme weather conditions were expected to return on Thursday and could stoke wildfires in California, where thousands of tired firefighters are battling the destructive, deadly blazes. The vehicle was burning with lesser intensity this week and postured minimal danger to populated zones.

Elsewhere, fire authorities, utility crews and police were stepping up efforts to remove hazards such as downed power lines and ruptured gas lines to allow evacuees to return as quickly as possible to areas no longer threatened.

Meanwhile, 32,000 residents are still evacuated from the fires and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

He says with 32 million cars on California roads and the population steadily increasing, lawmakers will have to start allocating more funds to fighting wildfires in the future.


However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

"We had a lot of equipment on it last night", Gonzalez said.

Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

"We have a long way to go in this fire season and as we saw past year, fire season can go right up through December", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass. "It's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe, and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation".

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