California wildfires burn over 200k acres, destroy hundreds of structures

Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 29, 2018

Across the state of California, there are 17 large wildfires burning over 200,000 acres as of Sunday.

Cal Fire shared the figures Sunday, reporting 12,000 firefighters are committed to those fires.

All said, more than 500 structures have been destroyed and an additional 20,000 homes are under threat.

Evacuations have forced 50,000 residents from their home, according to the report.

The Carr Fire is burning nearly 90,00 acres in Redding and Whiskeytown.

That fire is just 5 percent contained and has already destroyed 515 residences, according to the report. An additional 129 residences have been damaged by the fire.

A red flag warning remains in effect and over 38,500 residents are evacuated.

The Mendocino Complex is burning over 24,00 acres in Mendocino and Lake County.

That complex is comprised of the River Fire, which is burning 11,028 acres in Hopland, and the Ranch Fire, which is burning over 13,200 acres in Ukiah.

Those fires are both at only 3 percent containment and evacuations have been ordered.

The Ferguson Fire burning in Yosemite National Park has chewed through over 63,600 acres and is now 30 percent contained.

The fire has forced evacuations and road closures.

Several other smaller fires are burning throughout the state, including the Steele Fire that destroyed seven structures in Napa County.

A full list of active wildfires can be found on the Cal Fire website.