New Mandatory Evacuation Ordered In Lake County

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The Mendocino Complex is now considered the sixth-largest wildfire in California's history.

Firefighters by Saturday night had managed to contain 41 percent of the Carr blaze, measured at 145,000 acres (58,680 hectares), and authorities were allowing some evacuees to return, Cal Fire said.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

Nearly 3,500 personnel, alongside 419 fire engines and 15 helicopters, have taken part of the firefighting efforts. "This is a particularly unsafe situation with extremely low humidity and high winds".

"It's not good firefighting weather", Anderson said.

The scorched land figure is expected to rise when the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) issues an update on Saturday night, spokeswoman Tricia Austin said.

Just a month into the budget year, California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler has said.

At the peak of the fires more than 55,000 people were evacuated from their homes, Brown wrote.

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In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of the Ferguson Fire, a forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism.

Firefighters continue to battle huge blazes in Lakeport, California, with thousands evacuated. The fire rapidly swept down the hillside, as the 747 bomber, DC10 and the C-130 planes doused the area with retardant, followed up by continuous water by helicopters.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles south of the OR border is 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures. The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created what is called a fire whirl.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the blaze had blackened almost 206 square miles.

His assistant had gone to get a new hydraulic hose.

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.

Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado. The report says the death of the 10-year veteran highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

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