Firefighter dies while battling California wildfire


Firefighting personnel from northwest British Columbia, including some members from Terrace, are driving to the US today to assist in the struggle against massive wildfires in Oregon.

In total, and according to figures from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), more than 7,800 fires have occurred in the West Coast state so far this year, despite the traditionally hard months in As for fires - October and November - they have not yet arrived.

A firefighter died on Thursday battling the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest as crews continue to battle more than two dozen major fires across the state. "We haven't seen a lot of significant fire growth (this week)".

Almost 60% of the forests in California, 25% of the forests in OR, and 44%in Washington are national forests.

This compares to the 10-year average (to date) of 5,639 wildfires burning almost 2.9 million hectares.

"These numbers bear fruit to that assertion that this is historic", he said. And when he visited California earlier this week, he refused to acknowledge the effects climate change may have had in exacerbating the fires.

Trump during his visit downplayed climate concerns over the wildfires, saying that global warming will reverse on its own.

Firefighters in Southern California scored a notable victory on Tuesday night, saving the famed Mount Wilson Observatory and its telescopes from being swallowed in the so-called Bobcat fire raging through the rugged peaks of the San Gabriel range above Los Angeles.

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Several 20-member crews that can work on large fires and remain self-sufficient in the field for up to 72 hours have also been assigned, along with managers, supervisors and other leaders, the statement said.

The forest service added that "the cause is under investigation".

OR and Washington have also seen serious wildfires break out since the beginning of September, following recent hot, dry and windy conditions.

Several small towns have largely been incinerated, with thousands of dwellings destroyed and at least 35 lives lost - 26 in California including the firefighter, eight in OR, and one in Washington state.

The disaster has brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of US political discourse a matter of weeks ahead of the presidential election.

It has been hard historically to prove a link between individual extreme weather events and climate change.

While it has been historically hard to prove the link between individual extreme weather events and climate change, there is a growing body of evidence showing blazes such as those in the US could not be so intense and widespread without the 1 C of warming humanity has caused during the industrial age.

Overnight, rain in northwest OR and humidity over the San Francisco Bay Area bolstered hope for further containment of the dozens of deadly wildfires that have raged for weeks due to tinderbox conditions created by strong winds, lightning and drought. The fire has destroyed 10 buildings and damaged six others.