The Carr Fire broke out in Shasta County during exceptionally dangerous fire weather conditions, including extremely hot temperatures, low humidity and erratic winds. These conditions have caused the Carr Fire to grow uncontrollably, causing widespread destruction and at least two fatalities.
On July 27, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested Direct Federal Assistance, including Department of Defense air assets to immediately mitigate the impacts of this fire; shelter supplies and water for 30,000 evacuated residents in Shasta County; U.S. Department of Agriculture’s assistance in evacuating large animals; mass care; evacuation assistance for individuals with access and functional needs; and ambulatory transport.”
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs. source
As of July 30, 2018, the Carr Fire has burned 98,724 acres, is 20% contained, and is now affecting Trinity County. It has burned more than 723 residences and has forced over 30,000 people to evacuate. source
The Mendocino Complex Fire began on July 27, 2018 in Mendocino County and has burned 35,076 acres and is 5% contained as of July 30. The Ranch Fire and the River Fire are both part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is not affecting Mendocino and Lake counties. source About 1,000 people in Mendocino County and about 14,000 people in Lake County have been evacuated. source