The G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20m (£16m) aid package to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a longer-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. The assistance plan, announced by the French and Chilean presidents on Monday, would involve a program of reforestation, to be unveiled at the UN general assembly meeting next month. Satellite data has recorded more than 41,000 fires in the Amazon region so far this year.
According to the National Weather Service, rains predicted for the Northern California area affected by wildfires could cause wet ash to flow down steep inclines. This could complicate the search for human remains in the fire. President Trump is under fire for comparing the California wildfires to Finland and suggesting ‘raking’ as a preventative solution.
The ‘Camp Fire’ death toll rose to 48 on Tuesday as the remains of six more victims were found in Northern California. The fire has burned nearly 130,000 acres of land. Officials say the fire is 35% contained. Approximately 9,000 firefighters have been working to combat the deadliest wildfires in state history.
The Northern California Carr Fire which forced over 38,000 people to evacuate their homes and killed at least six slowed down on Sunday after days of growth. The Carr Fire is the most destructive of nearly 90 wildfires burning from Texas to Oregon. Officials said they hope to ‘gain some ground’ on the fire.
The death toll from the largest wildfire in California history rose to at least 31 with the discovery of additional remains on Sunday. ‘Camp Fire’ brought critical fire conditions and red-flag warnings that are projected to last until Tuesday evening. As winds strengthen, firefighters prepare themselves for the spread of further damage.
Southern California wildfire, Thomas, has become the fifth largest recorded in state history, after scorching 230,000 acres the last week, spreading over an area larger than New York City. New evacuation orders were announced, Sunday, by the Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff Office. California Governor, Jerry Brown, said Sunday, ‘This is kind of the new normal.’
As wildfires continue raging in dry Northern California, 31 people have been confirmed dead, 10 being identified. As California’s Emergency Services sustain their fight against the flames, the search for more than 400 missing people proceeds. Winds are to pick up in the coming days, backup responders from around the country are traveling to California to fight the fire.
At least 17 deaths have been reported as the result of wildfires raging across Northern California. Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 20,000 people and others are encouraged to be ready to flee at notice. So far 122,000 acres have burnt in the fire. President Trump has signed a major disaster declaration and the fire management assistant grants for the state.
As Southern California wildfire, Thomas, continues, Los Angeles firefighters report the brush index number, indicative of fire danger, reached 296, higher than ever. More than 100,00 acres of land have been burned, as authorities struggle to contain the fire. More evacuations were ordered, by emergency telephone call, Wednesday, in Ojai Valley, due to spreading fire.
A wildfire, named the Thomas Fire, continued Tuesday, sweeping across Southern California, causing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes, with a state of emergency declared in Ventura County. Weather forecasters say, ‘extreme fire danger’ is expected through Thursday, due to low humidity and high winds. At least 50,000 acres of land was already destroyed.