California Hardest Hit as 177 Wildfires Burn Across America

By Chriss Street

The U.S. National Preparedness Center issued its highest Level 5alert on Tuesday as 63 of the 177 large wildfires burning across America are rated “uncontained.”

California is the hardest-hit state, with 21 major wildfires. President Donald Trump granted Gov. Herry Brown’s request and issued an emergency declaration Saturday morning that authorizes the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to release disaster response equipment and resources. It also authorizes U.S. military personnel and Defense Department assets to be utilized to fight fires in California.

The current, most dangerous blaze as of noon July 30 is the Complex Fire, combining the River and Ranch fires, which doubled overnight to about 55 square miles. Despite Cal Fire assigning 118 fire engines, 31 fire crews, 6 helicopters, 37 bulldozers, and 1,379 personnel, the wildfire is only 5 percent contained and burning in all directions.

The Sonoma News reports that over 10,000 people have been evacuated, including 285 inmates from the Lake County jail. With 10,200 structures threatened, more Lake County mandatory evacuations are expected as the wildfires burn towards Lakeport, the county seat on the northeast corner of Clear Lake.

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