Wildfire Chars 290,000 Acres, Becomes 5th Largest In California's History


A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Saturday.

"It's pretty doggone hot and dry and it's going to stay that way", Hurley said early Monday.

A seventh person died in a northern California wildfire Saturday, officials said, as a couple of other fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 per cent overnight and continued to spread.

As of Saturday, the Carr Fire is 39 percent contained, and firefighting reinforcements are coming to California from as far as New Zealand.

On Saturday, Brown said President Donald Trump had approved his request for a presidential disaster declaration for the Carr Fire area, which would help bring in federal aid for emergency recovery and temporary housing.

Fire and Rescue New South Wales tweeted Thursday that 13 of its firefighters and specialists would deploy from Australia to the United States.

PG&E power company identified the worker today as Jairus Ayeta, who was killed in a remote area of Shasta county where crews were working to restore electricity.

Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in risky terrain to battle in Shasta County.

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Yesterday, Firefighters had managed to contain 41 per cent of the Carr blaze, and authorities were letting some evacuees return.

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 2, 2018. The entire so-called Mendocino Complex Fire is now one of the largest on record in the state, officials said. Melody Bledsoe of Redding, California, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, died after the fire engulfed Bledsoe's home. Together with the River Fire, it has destroyed 130 structures, including 68 homes, and threatens 15,300 structures. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa says a wildfire remains several miles from the communities along the eastern shore of Clear Lake, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

As these fires grow in frequency and severity, the state's cost to fight them is also increasing - dramatically.

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".

More evacuations were ordered on Saturday afternoon, but no estimate of people involved was released.

After visiting some of the fire-ravaged areas on Saturday, California Gov.