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Extreme Conditions Expected as Firefighters Battle California Blazes

Extreme Conditions Expected as Firefighters Battle California Blazes”

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.

The U.S. and Australia have cooperated in firefighting efforts in years past, but this is the first time firefighters from the state of South Australia are joining the effort, according to Dan Hamilton, a spokesman for the South Australia Country Fire Service.

Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained. The footage was recorded by the NOAA20, Suomi NPP, and GOESEast Satellites.

Firefighters are gaining steady ground on the Carr Fire, which has forced the evacuation of some 38,000 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. It is only 35 percent contained.

Neighbouring wildfires have had similar effects to the Carr fire, evacuating people from the locality and destroying properties.

In a marked shift from last weekend, when numerous fires were out of control and as little as five per cent contained, crews battling the key fire fronts are now reporting containment as high as 35 per cent, and in some cases, 50 per cent containment.

"Nature is very powerful and we are not on the side of nature", Brown said.

The request was made to Australia by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group in the USA, which is co-ordinating the efforts of several emergency response agencies, including the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

It's become the sixth most destructive wildfire in California state history.

These areas include: Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties, where the River, Ranch and Steele fires, are still surging.

The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers).

The largest of them, the Carr Fire north of Sacramento near the city of Redding, has burned for more than a week and engulfed almost 190 square miles.

The fast-moving wildfire has already charred 140 square miles, and it's still only 24 percent contained.



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