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California fires: Trump declares state of emergency

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carr fire
The
Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018.
Fueled by high temperatures, wind and low humidity, the blaze
destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic
building

AP Photo/Noah
Berger


  • President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on
    Saturday as the Carr
    Fire
    ravaged the city of Redding in Northern
    California. 
  • The fire has destroyed over 500 structures, and 5,000
    more are threatened. Around 37,000 people remain under
    evacuation orders. 

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared a state of emergency
in the state of California as a
series
of deadly wildfires
ravaged the state.

The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to
coordinate disaster recovery efforts and work with local
officials. 

The Carr
Fire
reached the city of Redding on Thursday night. By
Saturday morning, the fire grew to 80,906 acres and is only
around 5% contained, according to officials.

The fire has destroyed 500 structures, and officials say
5,000 more are threatened. Around 37,000 people remain under
evacuation orders.

So far, the Carr Fire has killed one
bulldozer operator who was contracted to help snuff the blaze and
has caused burn injuries to both civilians and firefighters.
Another firefighter died on
Friday morning, bringing the total death toll to two.

The fire first broke out on Monday near Shasta,
California. 

Wildfires are also tearing through the area surrounding
Yosemite National Park. The Ferguson
Fire 
has ravaged the area for weeks as firefighters work
to control the blaze

Follow Business Insider’s coverage of the Carr
Fire here.
 

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