Hundreds of homes were consumed amid chaotic evacuations as parts of Northern California exploded in fire over the weekend.
Valley fire (as of Tuesday, 6:45 a.m.)
- 67,000 acres burned
- 15% contained
- 13,000 people displaced
- 9,000 structures threatened
- 585 homes destroyed
- 2.362 fire workers
- 4 injured firefighters
- 1 confirmed death
Butte fire (as of Tuesday, 6:45 a.m.)
- 71,660 acres burned
- 37% contained
- 10,000 people displaced
- 6,400 structures threatened
- 166 homes, 116 outbuildings destroyed
- 4,668 fire workers
- 6,000 homes evacuated
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to help farmers and ranchers in areas affected by the recent wildfires with their recovery. The Farm Service Agency will assist those who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the agency.
Funding and technical assistance to help rehabilitate farmland and carry out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought is also available, the agency said.
In addition to California, wildfires have ravaged parts of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington in recent months. According to the agriculture department, fire seasons are 78 days longer today than they were in the 1970s. This year, there have been more than 46,000 fires and since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record, the agency said.