Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

July was a devastating month for California, and the state has already spent more than a quarter of its firefighting budget for the entire season.

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 are part of that process", he said. The fire is progressing into the town of Lewiston, Cal Fire spokesman Gabe Lauderdale said in a press video Wednesday morning.

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

At last check, the Carr Fire had burned more than 176 square miles and was only 30 percent contained.

The River Fire is 35,278 acres and 50 percent contained.

"We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons", Governor Jerry Brown told reporters.

The toll of devastation from one of the most brutal fires in California history rose Wednesday to more than 1,000 homes destroyed and nearly 200 damaged as a sprawling wildfire ignited by a spark from a towed vehicle grew to 180 square miles.

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Thousands of firefighters were struggling Thursday to contain two vast wildfires in California, one of which has become one of the most destructive blazes in the state's history.

So far, a total of six people have been killed as a result of the blaze, including two firefighters assisting efforts to control it.

Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled metal and piles of bricks after a massive Northern California wildfire leveled more than 1,000 homes.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

A firefighter runs while trying to save a home in Lakeport on Tuesday.

The two Mendocino Complex fires cover 95,000 acres in Mendocino and Lake counties.

Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex. "Low humidity, heat and wind will continue to challenge firefighters throughout the day today".

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