Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Mandatory Evacuation Ordered In Lake County

New Mandatory Evacuation Ordered In Lake County

Combined containment is down on the Mendocino Complex Fire as of Friday, from 39% to 30%.

"This is a particularly unsafe situation with extremely low humidity and high winds".

National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema said Friday that the blaze still burning near Redding created a fire whirl that uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes.

A wildfire spreading through mountain towns in Mendocino County in California has grown into the largest in the state, threatening 9,200 homes, as worn out firefighters battle gusting winds fanning multiple other blazes.

Varney became the first of four California firefighters to die this year in the Carr and Ferguson fires.

The Carr Fire in northern California has burned more than 130,000 acres in a two-week span, killing six people, displacing 35,000, and destroying more than 1,500 buildings.

Rather, it was strong evidence of a giant, powerful spinning vortex that accompanied the Carr fire on July 26.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas.

This comes as the complex fire grows to a combined 157,250 acres, with at least 41homes destroyed, and 9,200 still threatened.

Carr Fire evacuees return home, some find ashes
Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation on July 28 for a number of areas now under the influence of aggressive wildfires.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the state's largest fire at more than two-thirds the size of sprawling Los Angeles, and has forced the evacuation of almost 16,000 residents and destroyed more than 100 structures.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is forcing more families to flee from their homes.

The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon gusts up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph).

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. Workers who live in Yosemite's popular Valley region were ordered to leave today because of inaccessible roads.

Two firefighters have been killed there since a fire erupted just west of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest.

A new report says the first firefighter, a California bulldozer operator, almost slipped off a steep mountain trail three times before his vehicle finally rolled into a ravine and fatally crushed him.

Braden Varney, 36, was working alone overnight July 14 fighting the wildfire while his assistant went to get a new hydraulic hose.

The report says the death of the 10-year veteran highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

Firefighters from 16 states have rushed to California, and authorities were reinforcing 3,232 personnel on the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of two blazes.

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