October firestorm update: 5 major fires still burning in California
CALIFORNIA - About 1,000 firefighters remain on the front lines of five active wildfires, CAL FIRE said Monday morning. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots and perform fire suppression repair work.
CAL FIRE reported that as of Oct. 30, The Tubbs Fire, the Pocket Fire and the Nuns Fire are each at 99 percent containment. The Tehama Fire has been fully contained, bringing the latest amount of major active fires down from six to five. Though cooler weather is forecast for this week, firefighters will continually prepare for potential fire activity throughout California. CAL FIRE encourages all Californians to be prepared and make sure that they take actions to prevent sparking a new wildfire. Learn more tips on how to prevent a wildfire at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Since the start of what CAL FIRE calls the "October Fire Siege" on Sunday, October 8, the agency has responded to 250 new wildfires. At the peak of the wildfires there were 21 major wildfires that, in total, burned over 245,000 acres, 11,000 firefighters battled the destructive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evacuate, destroyed an estimated 8,900 structures and killed 43 people.
The death toll rose from 42 to 43 with the death of a 17-year-old girl Sunday night.