Flames tear the houses to one California neighborhood in a shocking video released by firefighters from one of the largest fires The state is currently on fire as officials announced Wednesday that hundreds of members of the service are involved in the fire.
At the request of the National Fire Department, the U.S. Army (Fifth Army), the U.S. Joint Northern Command for Earth, will oversee the military support effort, the second in California this month.
“Given the unprecedented era of fire and the magnitude of the loss that the people of California are experiencing, we stand ready to support the National Center for Cross-Border Firefighting in their efforts to help protect people, property and land in California,” he said. and JFLCC General Laura J. Richardson he said in a statement. “Just like the troops supporting the Northern California Firefighting efforts, the Marines and Sailors who will assist in this mission in Central California are trained and equipped with all the tools necessary to keep them safe, to be included in a COVID-19 environment. “
According in Cal Fire, the Creek Fire has reached 228,025 acres and is limited to only 18% from Wednesday night.
“Showers and crews will work to step up the fire on the east side of the fire, trying to keep the perimeter in its current location,” the agency said in a statement at the event tonight.
Additional fire crews are coming in as the City of Merced Fire Department distributes dramatic footage from the creek fighting the first 12 hours of Creek Fire, with helmet cameras showing views on the fire.
The montage released on Tuesday shows firefighters dangerously close to the fire with burning structures and trees.
“It is difficult for our firefighters to say what their feelings are sometimes,” the fire department said. wrote on Facebook. “They work hard and get to the edge of danger, sometimes they are able to save homes and other times they are too much. It breaks their hearts when the fire wins. “
The ministry said firefighters were fighting as hard as they could, and then “going through a wall of flame” to get out.
“We are sharing these images so that communities can see what our firefighters and many other firefighters across the nation are doing to save the homes of those they do not know,” the ministry said. So.”
While officials have noted that conditions have improved in recent days, there may be a change for this coming weekend.
The West is still burning with over 80 big ones fires burning throughout the area.
Critical fire conditions continue in parts of Oregon, Northern California and the Great Basin.
Poor air quality and smoke are still prevalent throughout the Central US and even the Northeast.
There is some humidity moving to the northwest in the coming days that will lower the temperatures and produce some much needed rain for the area, however, there could also be a risk of stronger storms as well as some tornadoes.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Janice Dean contributed to this report.