California governor asks Trump to aid with fires

New evacuations in Lake, Colusa counties as Mendocino Complex fires surpass 150,000 acres | The Sacramento Bee

Forecasters said areas with the highest threat include the massive blaze near Redding and two fires burning next to each other around Clearlake about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The fire has reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park. Thousands of people remain evacuated.

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. It has become the sixth most destructive wildfire in state history.

Over 4,300 personnel assigned to the blaze have carved containment lines around 37 percent of the perimeter of the blaze.

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.

Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, huge tracts of forests, and grasslands have become flawless tinder for the wildfire. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.

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Both fires started in Mendocino County but burned into Lake County.

"This catastrophe hits very close to home for some of the Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 because some of its members came to the ACFD after working for the Redding Fire Department", the association said on the GoFundMe site. - Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, a 70 year old woman and her two great-grandchildren age four and five, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames.

Due to the Ranch fire's behavior, fire officials early Wednesday issued new advisory evacuation warnings to residents of the Lake Pillsbury basin, Paradise Valley and in the Mendocino National Forest in Lake County.

In total, 14 states are now reporting large fires.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north grew to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) and is only partially contained.

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