California Fires Spread Rapidly, Killing Seventh Victim

07 August, 2018, 22:28 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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A fast-growing California wildfire that has already forced thousands to flee their homes and shut down a large national park surged overnight into Saturday, as worn out firefighters battled gusting winds.

The Pacific Gas and Electric employee was fatally injured in a vehicle-related accident Saturday on the western edge of the Carr Fire in Shasta County, said utility spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin.

"He was working in a remote area in unsafe terrain in supprt of power restoriation efforts", said Melissa Subbotin, a PG&E spokesperson.

A seventh person died in a fire in northern California on Saturday.

The Mendocino Complex fire, as it's called, consists of two separate conflagrations that had consumed more than 200,000 acres by Saturday afternoon and had forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The agency says Sunday night that the Ranch Fire is now 23 per cent contained, and the River Fire is now 58 per cent contained.

As an army of firefighters battled 17 large wildfires burning across California, the focus on Saturday was a pair of blazes burning on either side of Clear Lake, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Dry, hot winds fueled both blazes, which have collectively charred almost 400 square miles (1,036 square kilometers) of brush and timber.

The agency reports that a total of 9,300 structures are threatened, 68 homes have been destroyed and 12 other homes have been damaged.

"The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters so I'm hopeful", Brown said.

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"Tragedies bring people together", he added.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region could bring wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) that could turn small fires or even sparks into racing walls of flames.

Lake County Sheriff Corey Paulich said in a press release Saturday that Deputies were dispatched to the Bartlett Springs Road area when three men were being hostile toward fire engine crews. That fire had already killed six people, including a great-grandmother and two children.

Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the Ranch Fire on New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California.

"The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 254,000 acres (102,790 ha), making it the fifth largest blaze in California's history", AccuWeather said on its website.

Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt. Brian Hughes.

The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber.

A structure burns out of control in the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) in Lakeport, California, U.S. July 31, 2018.

The National Park Service says that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely because of growing fires in areas near and on the park. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.

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