Deadly Northern California Wildfire Kills At Least 6, Destroys Hundreds Of Homes

Deadly Northern California Wildfire Kills At Least 6, Destroys Hundreds Of Homes

Deadly Northern California Wildfire Kills At Least 6, Destroys Hundreds Of Homes

The Alameda County Firefighters Association Local 55 has created a GoFundMe site to help Redding fire crews impacted by the Carr Fire.

Those gusts were slowing efforts in the steep, rugged terrain to carve out buffer zones in front of the fire's leading edge, said Gabriel Lauderdale, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

The fire has charred an area of the forested, rural area five times the size of San Francisco and is only 30 percent contained.

But tens of thousands of others were still under evacuation orders.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres (54,000 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service said that, according to preliminary information, the winds of the column were moving at speeds of 143 miles per hour, classifying it as an EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates tornado intensity on a range of zero to five. The blaze has destroyed more than 1,500 structures, including the homes of three Redding firefighters, according to the GoFundMe site.

New evacuation orders were issued Thursday night for areas of the border between Lake and Colusa counties and the boundary of Mendocino National Forest. Fueled by high temperatures, wind and low humidity, the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building.

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

Inspecting the fire-damaged neighborhoods of Redding on Saturday, the governor also said California needs a statewide emergency alert system.

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

In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of 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.

A firefighter walks around a swimming pool sprayed by phos-chek fire retardant after an air tanker made a pass while fighting a wildfire near Lakeport, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Each earlier slip alone qualified as a "near miss" warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's preliminary report. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact. Two firefighters have died there.

Varney was a 10-year veteran.

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