Strong winds whipping up new threat as California wildfires continue to rage

Posted August 02, 2018

Another 413 outbuildings were also destroyed, and the blaze is now the seventh most destructive wildfire in California history, fire officials said.

Four people were missing in the fire zone as 16 people listed as missing turned up safe, a Redding police official said.

Jessyca Lytle fled a fast-moving Northern California wildfire in 2015 that spared her property but destroyed her mother's memorabilia-filled home in rural and rugged Lake County.

"I told them to throw everything they care about in the back of the vehicle", said Lew, 45.

The Carr Fire is so large and intense that it created its own localized weather system, making it hard to predict which way the blaze will spread.

The state spent more than $114 million fighting fires in July, the first month of California's fiscal year.

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic.

In Lake County, evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport along with some smaller communities and a section of Mendocino National Forest.

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Some 64 kilometres to the south, twin fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties have destroyed at least seven homes and threatened an estimated 12,000 more, fire officials said. Still, many thousands more remained evacuated.

The Carr Fire was one of more than a dozen racing through the parched state.

He said the state really never left its drought status and several years of significant rainfall are needed to bring the state back.

The two fires that make up the Mendocino Complex of Fires were extremely active Saturday, growing from 9,500 to 28,000 acres, nearly tripling in size according to very conservative figures released Sunday morning by CAL FIRE.

Bush had returned to his mobile home in the community of Keswick last Tuesday after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery, but he was unable to drive and would have needed help to evacuate when the fire came through the neighborhood on Thursday, his sister, Kathi Gaston, told the Record Searchlight newspaper of Redding.

"You see out there what the firefighters have done to get themselves in front of your homes", Myers said. If a fire is spreading and evacuations are being ordered, or if a gunman is on a school campus and hostages are being taken, Lucy (lparesh@lalate.com) has it covered.

Allen says crews prepare for the long haul. "I'm very upset about it".

The Steele Fire in Napa County is 75 percent contained at 135 acres. The closure began July 25 and had been tentatively scheduled to end Friday.

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