On Monday, officials confirmed that a fast-moving wildfire in the US state had killed at least one elderly woman at the weekend, marking the first civilian fatality during the recent wildfires. The blaze also destroyed some 400 homes and injured four firefighters, according to the officials.
"In connection with the of spread wildfires on the territory of the State of California, I would like to offer practical assistance granted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the elimination of the natural disaster," the minister said in a statement to Craig Fugate, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In particular, the Russian Ministry said it was ready to immediately send aircraft and ground support to the affected US areas, as well as professional rescue workers with the necessary equipment to extinguish forest fires.
California has witnessed over 2,400 wildfires since the beginning of the year — about 800 more than the average for the last five years, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.