California 'fire tornado' forced residents to flee in chaos

California 'fire tornado' forced residents to flee in chaos

California 'fire tornado' forced residents to flee in chaos

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reported promising headway Tuesday on the most devastating of the blazes: the Carr Fire in and around this city of 92,000.

Bay Area task force lowers flag to half-staff in Shasta CountySix people have been killed and more than 38,000 people have been displaced from the fire.

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", he said in a statement.

The Mendocino Complex Fire has expanded to more than 24,000 acres in Northern California, according to fire officials. It's kind of like a lid over the fire, which keeps the activity down, which is a good thing.

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties, 120 miles north of San Francisco, had burned through 140 square miles and destroyed 10 homes.

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

Brown said the difference between his first tenure as governor in the 1970s and now is simple: "The biggest change is the fire season lasts so much longer, and the fires are so much bigger", he said.

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

There is an evacuation order affecting about 60 homes in the area of Mendocino Pass Road and the Black Butte Ranch community.

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The 2015 Valley Fire killed four and destroyed 1,300 homes when it blew up unexpectedly during a September heat wave.

Unlike the Carr Fire, authorities don't know what started Ferguson, which has now engulfed more than 58,000 acres.

Paul Lew and his two boys, ages 13 and 16, evacuated Saturday from their Lakeport home. The state spent a record $758 million a year ago.

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 Redding Record Searchlight.

The Steele Fire in Napa County is 75 percent contained at 135 acres.

He urged people to stay vigilant because fires can easily jump over containment lines.

Gaston said she could not get to her brother's house because, with the fire approaching, sheriff's deputies had blocked the roads and then she herself had to evacuate.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said. Officials had hoped to reopen Friday. The closure began July 25.

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