California seeks help as wildfires threaten communities

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on August 23, 2020 - Duration: 01:39s

California seeks help as wildfires threaten communities

Nearly two dozen massive wildfires continued to ravage parts of California on Saturday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said.

Edward Baran reports.


California seeks help as wildfires threaten communities

Nearly two dozen massive wildfires continue to ravage parts of California - burning nearly a million acres and threatening communities lying in the path of the flames.

The blazes are fueled by high temperatures and ongoing lightning strikes, including 100 that hit on Friday (Aug 21), according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fires have killed six people and incinerated nearly 700 buildings since beginning after an earlier lightning storm last week.

Wildfire is threatening parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, the forested region near the University of California at Santa Cruz and a wide swathe of the area between San Francisco and the state capital of Sacramento.

Firefighters have improved containment of the southern edge of that fire, but winds are expected to push it northwest toward the wine country towns of Healdsburg and Guernville, a fire service spokesman said.

On Saturday (Aug 22), President Donald Trump declared the fires to be a major disaster, the White House said - allowing federal funds to be used to help people and businesses harmed by the fires in seven counties.

That declaration came despite an earlier threat from Trump to withhold aid from California.

Nearly 14,000 firefighters have been deployed to the blazes, but containment of the largest ones remains low and the state has requested additional support from other states and local jurisdictions in California.

Firefighters say the sheer volume of fires burning in the state have stretched resources.

Additional lightning storms are expected later this weekend, and the danger of new or growing wildfire is extreme.

You are here

💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions


State in the western United States
Also: Trade groups and a high desert town are suing to block protections granted to the western Joshua tree. And the San Francisco Ballet goes virtual!
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 7 hours ago

Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to county election offices one week before..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 9 hours ago

California Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the unique challenges of reopening dozen of theme parks in the state and cited an "increased risk" of people gathering..
Credit: CBS News - Published 11 hours ago

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 12 hours ago

San Francisco

Consolidated city-county in California, US
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield played 11 years in the NFL for San Francisco, Washington and Oakland.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 5 days ago

The legislation has an eye-catching acronym, CAREN, and if passed would allow lawsuits against people who are motivated by bias when calling the police.
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 1 week ago

COVID-19 is killing Asian Americans in the Bay Area. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how systemic racism is driving high death rates.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 week ago

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
Trump's campaign pivots to Pennsylvania strongholds such as the suburbs around Pittsburgh to recruit new voters to counter an erosion of support in other parts..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 hours ago

Wood County flipped for President Donald Trump in 2016, after backing Democrat Barack Obama in the previous two elections. This year, both parties believe the..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 hours ago

President Trump's campaign website briefly showed a message from someone claiming to have compromised devices belonging to Mr. Trump and his relatives.
Credit: CBS News - Published 5 hours ago

Related news from verified sources

“Scotts Valley evacuated. Our Safeway center is shut down,” my partner texted last Friday. That meant four of our shopping centers in Northern California...
on August 28, 2020 • bizjournals

California has faced hundreds of wildfires the past week, and hotels have stepped in to help communities in this time of crisis.
on August 24, 2020 • USATODAY.com

California’s biggest-ever wildfires have killed at least five people, damaged or destroyed more than 3,100 structures and burned more than one million acres,...
on August 24, 2020 • Christian Post

Related videos from verified sources

100,000 Cans of Emergency Water Being Delivered by Anheuser-Busch to Help Out During CA Wildfires 00:31
Video credit: Buzz60 - Published on August 27, 2020 

Animal Rescue Team Saves Arabian Horse & Several Other Animals From Raging California Wildfires 00:46
Video credit: Veuer - Published on August 26, 2020 

California’s Historically Destructive Wildfire Season 01:33
Video credit: HuffPost NOW News - Published on August 26, 2020 

You might like