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Offbeat Mendocino, Calif. blazes grow rapidly — utility worker reported killed near Carr Fire

15:30  05 august  2018
15:30  05 august  2018 Source:   sfgate.com

Deadly Carr Fire kills two firefighters, widespread evacuations ordered

  Deadly Carr Fire kills two firefighters, widespread evacuations ordered The deadly Carr Fire claimed the life of a second firefighter and new evacuations were ordered early Friday in Shasta County as erratic winds fueled the aggressive inferno, which jumped the Sacramento River and prevented firefighters from getting close while residents fled for their lives. A Redding firefighter was the second responder killed killed since the blaze started Monday, officials said. An unidentified bulldozer operated also died fighting the fire.

The worst blaze , northern California 's Carr Fire , has killed six people since Thursday, including a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren Throughout Saturday, fire crews and bulldozer operators worked to cut new containment lines. But limiting the relentless blazes has been difficult.

The Ranch Fire near Ukiah and the River Fire north of Hopland make up what many are calling the Mendocino Complex Fires . The Mendocino Complex was still growing as it broke the record set last December. The Thomas Fire killed two people, burned 440 square miles, and destroyed more

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The two California wildfires scorching Mendocino and Lake counties forced more evacuations as they grew rapidly Saturday, while in Shasta County, a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worker was reported killed near the Carr Fire.

The River Fire and Ranch Fire, which make up the Mendocino Complex, expanded by 75,268 acres since Friday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

By early Saturday afternoon, flames were getting dangerously close to crossing into Colusa County, said Will Powers, a spokesman for Cal Fire.

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The Carr Fire has killed seven people, officials said. The Mendocino Complex is comprised of the Ranch Fire in Mendocino County, which has burned 341 square miles Combined, the Mendocino Complex far surpasses the size of the deadly Carr Fire burning near Redding, California , and has

A PG&E utility worker died in an accident Saturday afternoon while working to restore power near the Carr Fire A seventh life has been lost in connection with the devastating and growing Carr Fire , as a utility That blaze has killed two firefighters and injured 11 people, while destroying 10 structures.

“The fire is showing some extreme fire behavior in some of these areas, consuming a lot of fuel and moving at a moderate rate of spread and, in some cases, a dangerous rate of spread,” Powers said.

Intense weather conditions Saturday fueled the blazes with high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, he added.

Collectively, the blazes had burned 229,006 acres as of Saturday night, up from 153,738 acres Friday. The Ranch Fire was just 22 percent contained and the River Fire was 50 percent contained.

New mandatory evacuations were ordered Saturday in Lake, Colusa and Glenn counties near the Indian Valley Reservoir and the Spring Valley area.

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A wildfire, named the Carr fire , has killed at least six people and displaced tens of thousands thus Fire Engine video of tornado in Carr FireSan Francisco Chronicle. Videos show fire tornado near The report says that a Cal Fire captain noticed the twister near Buenaventura, looking north from

New fires will grow rapidly out of control, in some cases people may not be able to evacuate safely The fire near Redding, which killed seven people and incinerated 1,067 homes, started two weeks The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the blaze had blackened nearly 206

With more than 3,000 fire personnel battling the blaze, the low humidity, dry vegetation and gusty winds pushed the fire to grow overnight, Cal Fire said.

Throughout Saturday, fire crews and bulldozer operators worked to cut new containment lines. But limiting the relentless blazes has been difficult.

The northwest part of the Ranch Fire was expected to move farther into the Mendocino National Forest, burning south of Lake Pillsbury and pushing to the east, Cal Fire said. The north side of the River Fire is forecast to burn toward Cow Mountain and Scotts Valley Road.

The flames have destroyed 55 homes and 49 other buildings, and 15,300 remain threatened. The cause of the fires is not known.

Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential major disaster declaration Saturday to help with repair of damaged facilities and infrastructure, unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and other aid for Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Shasta counties devastated by wildfires.

Mendocino fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

  Mendocino fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books MIDDLETOWN, Calif. - The massive Mendocino Complex fire jumped across at least four creeks, one major road and a fire line cut by a bulldozer in a single six-mile run this weekend toward Leesville, a tiny unincorporated way station in Colusa County. A firefighter knocks down hotspots to slow the spread of the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) on July 31 in Lakeport.

Mendocino blazes grow rapidly — PG&E worker reported killed near Carr Fire . The two wildfires scorching Mendocino and Lake counties forced more evacuations as they grew rapidly Saturday, while in Shasta County, a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worker was reported killed near the Carr Fire .

REDDING, Calif . - - The death count from a rapidly growing Carr Fire in North California rose to They were among more than a dozen people reported missing after the furious wind-driven blaze took It's now the largest fire burning in California . The winds that aided firefighters in keeping the

“I’ve asked the president make a major declaration. He’s done it in the past. I’m confident he will do it again,” Brown said.

A red flag warning was in effect for the areas affected by the Mendocino Complex and the Carr Fire near Redding, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The expected strong winds, low humidity and warm weather can create “critical fire weather,” and any fires that develop during the red flag warning could spread rapidly, the Weather Service said.

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The Carr Fire grew to 145,015 acres Saturday. The blaze, caused by a spark from a vehicle, was 41 percent contained.

A PG&E worker was killed Saturday afternoon while working near the fire, Sacramento TV station KCRA reported. Details of the death were not released.

On Saturday, Brown met with local leaders and fire and emergency personnel in Shasta County to discuss the damage inflicted by the Carr Fire.

His meeting prompted the request for the major disaster declaration, which would help both local and tribal governments.

Already the sixth most destructive fire in California history, the Carr Fire has razed 1,073 homes, 14 commercial buildings and 492 other structures, Cal Fire said. A total of 1,358 structures continue to be threatened.

Two firefighters and four other people have been killed in the deadly blaze. Officials have not yet determined when it will be fully contained.

Near Yosemite Valley, firefighters worked through the night to contain spot fires near the Ferguson Fire just outside Wawona, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Ferguson Fire, which has been burning for 23 days, grew only slightly from 77,207 acres to 81,699 acres Saturday, and was 35 percent contained.

Two firefighters have been killed in the blaze and 11 others injured.

Officials have closed Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias and Hetch Hetchy to visitors, because smoke created unhealthy conditions and to allow firefighters to continue their operations.

Chronicle staff writer Roland Li contributed to this report.

Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sravani@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SarRavani

Yosemite to reopen Tuesday, 14 days after closure .
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