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New mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Lake County

New mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Lake County

Then the Holiday fire hit Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.

Four wildland firefighters have died in California this year, twice as many as in all of 2017. Six people, including two firefighters, have died and the fire has destroyed 1060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said.

However, some days-old evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft have been battling an vast blaze about 100 miles south of the OR line.

Additionally, the Ferguson fire rages near Yosemite National Park.

In an interview with the Associated Press, NWS meteorologist Duane Dykema said the phenomenon was on par with some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes. The twirling tower of flame reached speeds of 143 miles per hour (230 kph), which rivaled some of the most destructive Midwest tornados, National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema said.

These numbers are likely to rise further, given the Carr fire is still only 37% contained and the weather conditions will remain conducive to burns, making fighting the fire more hard.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said that fire was started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire.

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

Adding that its estimates are, "Also based on historical comparisons to fires of similar size and magnitude in California, including the October and December 2017 fires in the state". The forecast included extremely low humidity levels that leave vegetation ready to burn.

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

As of Friday morning, CalFire reported that the Ranch Fire was at 112,226 acres and 28 percent containment and the River Fire at 41,512 acres and 50 percent containment.

Two firefighters have been killed there since a fire erupted just west of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest.

Braden Varney, 36, was working alone overnight July 14 fighting the wildfire while his assistant went to get a new hydraulic hose.

The blaze has killed two firefighters.

The insurance and reinsurance industry loss from the Carr wildfire in Shasta County, California, is anticipated to at least approach and possibly surpass $1 billion, as the destruction continues with now more than 1,550 structures completely destroyed and another 258 damaged by the fire.

Varney was a 10-year veteran.