Carr wildfire industry loss may surpass $1bn: Aon

Carr wildfire industry loss may surpass $1bn: Aon

Carr wildfire industry loss may surpass $1bn: Aon

Aon's Impact Forecasting explained, "The July 2018 fires in California follow what was the costliest year ever recorded for the insurance industry with the wildfire peril in 2017". In the middle of the month, the Ferguson fire west of Yosemite National Park doubled in size in one night, forcing crews to scramble to set up defenses.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres (54,000 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide. By the end of July, wildfires across the state had killed eight people and scorched 200,000 acres. Media personnel on scene said the fire was especially intense near Dessie Drive and Hendricks Road.

"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned, noting that 35-mph wind gusts were expected on ridgetops that could whip up the flames.

Forecasters said the highest threat areas included the so-called Carr Fire near the city of Redding and the Mendocino Complex of two fires north of San Francisco. Combined containment was 30 percent early Friday.

The National Weather service said preliminary reports indicate the Carr fire created a whirlwind that reached 143 miles (230 kilometers) per hour - equivalent to an EF-3 tornado.

Dykema says the whirl started when hot air from the exceptionally hot fire rose and twisted tightly, creating a powerful tornado of flames and wind.


However, some days-old evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling an enormous blaze about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR line. Most are in other western states but wildfires have also struck Texas and Florida, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

According to the latest report from Cal Fire, the most destructive blaze, the Carr fire, has grown to just below 132,000 acres, while containment is at 39 percent.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

Braden Varney, 36, was working alone overnight July 14 fighting the wildfire while his assistant went to get a new hydraulic hose. The report called for better "risk assessment" among firefighters.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

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