Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kansas firefighters head west to help battle wildfires

Kansas firefighters head west to help battle wildfires

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.

The destructive Carr Fire may have caused some to bend, but when we stand together, we will never break.

The Carr Fire was one of eight large wildfires burning in the state and 93 burning in the United States, mostly in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

This year has seen the fires only get worse, as vicious temperatures have meant the blaze is even able to create its own weather system.

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The now-viral video shows the family speeding away from the Carr fire.

A auto was apparently responsible for creating a spark in the area of American Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road, in Whiskeytown.

Cal Fire said that "steep terrain, erratic winds, and previously unburned fuels are contributing to spot fire potential".

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched more than 125,800 acres (50,900 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region.

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The governor's statement comes just days after President Trump declared a state of emergency for California. Thousands more remain evacuated because of the blaze ignited July 23 by a spark from a steel wheel rim on a trailer towed with a flat tire.

A firetruck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) in Lakeport, California, US.

The proclamation gives the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) control over coordinating the relief efforts for Shasta County.

Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

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