SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

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Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed almost 170 homes and other structures, according to The Washington Post. Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.

With gusting winds, triple digit temperatures and nearly zero chance of rain in Northern California this week, scorching weather poses a persistent threat to firefighters battling out-of-control blazes on parched land, officials said. "You got steep terrain that makes it hard for firefighters". Drought, warmer weather and other factors have combined to start wildfire season sooner and make the blazes more destructive. "That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen", he said on Monday.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous U.S. state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.

On the two fires 75 residences have been destroyed and another 9,300 remain threatened.

The fast-moving inferno, sparked Friday, July 27 in Northern California, has now scorched 290,692 acres and is just 34% contained, according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The blaze is now larger than NY city and is approaching the size of Los Angeles. Temperatures will slightly dip to the low 90s and high 80s this week, but no rain is in the forecast.

"We broke the record", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with Cal Fire. "Everything is still dry".

Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighbourhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California.

On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 1,200 acres.

According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc".

The White House did not immediately respond when asked about Gleick's comments.

Officials have rejected a theory, tweeted by President Donald Trump, that the fires' spread was being "made so much worse" because of a Californian policy to divert water into the Pacific Ocean.

"It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", the president tweeted Sunday. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" - tweet Sunday.

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response". Jerry Brown (D) said Saturday in a news conference about the fires, adding that the disasters offer a chance for people to overcome ideological divisions. "Can be used for fires, farming and everything else".

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