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California wildfire: Australia, NZ firefighters fly out to relieve exhausted crews battling wildfires

Australian fire authorities said the contingent of about 100 firefighters set off as conditions turned gusty in the mountains north of Sacramento, where fierce fires were among 100 burning across 13 western U.S. states.


Reuters 03 Aug 2018, 02:25 AM Australia, New Zealand, United States
  • It has killed six people, reduced 1,555 structures to smoldering ruins. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand flew out of Sydney on Friday on a mission to relieve exhausted crews battling deadly wildfires sweeping the northwest of the United States.

Australian fire authorities said the contingent of about 100 firefighters set off as conditions turned gusty in the mountains north of Sacramento, where fierce fires were among 100 burning across 13 western U.S. states.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, stoked by drought-parched vegetation and triple-digit temperatures, is the most fearsome.

It has killed six people, reduced 1,555 structures to smoldering ruins and ranks as the sixth most destructive wildfire on record in California. 

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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