(Ventura, CA-AP) — All evacuation orders are being lifted in California’s Maria Fire. That fire is now 30 percent contained after burning about 10-thousand acres.
The weather conditions helped firefighters as winds died down and there was low relative humidity. Only two structures have been destroyed in the Ventura County fire. About 11-thousand residents were told to flee their homes before being allowed to return Saturday afternoon.
(Chico, CA-AP) — Authorities in Northern California are increasing the death toll in the Camp Fire. Eight more bodies were found on Wednesday, putting the number of dead at 56. That number could increase as 130 people are still missing.
The Camp Fire burned 138-thousand acres and is 35 percent contained. On Wednesday, a third body was found in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, bringing the death toll in wildfires currently burning in the state to 59.
(Ukiah, CA) – The Mendocino Complex fire burning in Northern California is now the largest wildfire in the state’s history. The two fires combining to form the Mendocino Complex have scorched more than 283-thousand acres in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties.
The larger of the fires is the Ranch fire, which has burned 235-thousand acres and is only 21-percent contained. The Mendocino Complex fire passed the Thomas fire to become the largest fire in the state’s history. The Thomas fire burned 281-thousand acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties last December and January.
(SL) – Fire officials are confident some of the ravaging wildfires in California’s Wine Country will be contained by week’s end. CAL FIRE says Mother Nature is giving a helping hand to firefighters battling 15 large wildfires across California.
They said containment of fires in Sonoma County is expected by Friday. In a statement, CAL FIRE says red flag warnings in Northern California’s Wine Country were lifted this morning as winds died down.
Authorities continue to look for bodies in the ashes and debris. The death toll is at least 40 people and is expected to grow. More than half the deaths — 22 — have occurred in Sonoma County. A Sonoma County Sheriff’s spokesman said today at least 172 people are still unaccounted for.