Eel Fire becomes third large wildfire in Mendocino County to ignite

Eel Fire becomes third large wildfire in Mendocino County to ignite

Eel Fire becomes third large wildfire in Mendocino County to ignite

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters on the California wildfires and other matters at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services' operations center near Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Although a number of them had scorched fewer than 100 acres, those smaller fires are contributing to the drain on critical resources, especially as firefighters from around the state and nation are being called to battle the big blazes.

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that all those who had been reported missing had been located. Brown said the state will spend whatever it takes to fight wildfires ravaging California that have wiped out more than 1,000 homes and killed multiple people.

Currently, almost 13,000 firefighters were on the lines of 16 large wildfires Wednesday burning across California.

There are 4,271 firefighters battling the blaze, as well as 369 fire engines, 69 fire crews, 17 helicopters, 125 bulldozers and 84 water trucks.

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference.

"Fire is a way of life in California".

"Unhealthful air and ongoing firefighting operations have closed Yosemite Valley, the Wawona area, two groves of giant sequoia trees, and Hetch Hetchy, an announcement said Tuesday".

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.

Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

The fire is 196 square miles - more than three times the size of the city of Redding. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

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