Sunday, August 02, 2015

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a US Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

The largest blaze has forced hundreds of people to evacuate and destroyed more than a dozen homes. Experts have predicted a long and volatile summer wildfire season in California in its fourth year of crippling drought.

Firefighter David Ruhl, 38, a married father of two from Rapid City, South Dakota, died on Thursday while on assignment at the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest near California's border with Oregon.

No one else was with Ruhl when he was killed, and he was the incident commander on the fire at the time, said Modoc National Forest spokesman Ken Sandusky. 


It is common for a leader on a fire to travel alone, Sandusky said, but he declined to release more details on the death.
 jpost.com by Reuters
2/8/15
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    A wildfire raging through the foothills and canyons of northern California's coastal mountains more than doubled in size as it roared into its fifth day on Sunday, leaving two dozen homes in charred ruins and displacing thousands of residents.

    The blaze, which has scorched about 54,000 acres (21,853 hectares) east of Lower Lake, a town about 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco, was the fiercest of 20 large fires being battled by 9,000 firefighters across the state, officials said.

    A separate blaze that killed a U.S. forest ranger on Thursday near the Oregon border has also expanded, but remains a fraction of the size of the so-called Rocky Fire that erupted in Lake County on Wednesday and has proved the most destructive.

    "This is a very fast-moving wildfire," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, or Cal Fire.........Reuters........dailystar.com.lb

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    Evacuation orders have been given to 13,000 people in California as firefighters struggle to contain some 20 wildfires.

    Some 9,000 firefighters worked throughout Monday in steep terrain and rugged conditions, officials said.

    The biggest blaze - the so-called Rocky fire north of San Francisco - has already consumed more than 90 square miles (145sq km) of land.

    On Monday afternoon the fire jumped a highway that had been containing it..............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33767775
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