California governor asks Trump to aid with fires

The Carr fire burns along Highway 299 between Whiskeytown and Redding, July 28, 2018.

That fire continues to burn about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border as firefighters there and throughout Northern California brace for worsening conditions this weekend. It lasted for an hour and a half, and the people who caught it on video called it the "Firenado".

He says fire whirls are common, but not at the intensity recorded on July 26.

Brown inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding and the Democratic governor said he was confident the Republican president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did past year when the California's wine country was hit hard. But when two plumes broke through, that created an fast-moving updraft, conditions similar to those of tornado formation.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which uses acres to describe fire size, said the blaze had blackened almost 206 square miles.

With the peak of the fire season yet to come, it puts California on track for its most destructive fire year in over a decade, in terms of area burned, said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean.

The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in Lake County from 11 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday due to gusty winds and low humidity in fire weather zones.

The two blazes, known together as the Mendocino Complex fires, are in their sixth day.

As of Saturday morning, Cal Fire reported The Ranch Fire was 156,678 acres and 27-percent contained.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

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

His assistant had gone 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.

The blaze, stoked by drought-parched vegetation and triple-digit temperatures, has killed six people and reduced 1,555 structures to smoldering ruins, including 10,600 homes.

Some evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft have been battling an huge blaze about 100 miles south of the OR line.


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