Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Seventh Death Tied To Carr Fire As PG&E Worker Killed

Seventh Death Tied To Carr Fire As PG&E Worker Killed

KQED's Lesley McClurg and Kat Snow reported for NPRthat the fires have had lasting impacts on residents there, "Confronting constant reminders of what fire can do has become a terrifying reality for people who survived last year's flames and are still piecing their lives back together".

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the blaze had blackened almost 206 square miles.

The weather service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon wind gusts.

Lake County Sheriff Corey Paulich said in a press release Saturday that Deputies were dispatched to the Bartlett Springs Road area when three men were being hostile toward fire engine crews. The Ranch Fire which started along Highway 20 near Potter Valley is at 74,890 acres with 33 percent containment and the River Fire, which started on Old River Road near Hopland, is at 35,278 acres with 50 percent containment.

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.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said it was caused by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people - including four firefighters - and shut down Yosemite National Park. The forecast includes extremely low humidity levels that leave vegetation ready to burn. Thousands of people remain evacuated.

The size of the fires surpasses a blaze last December in Southern California that burned 440.5 square miles (1,140.8 kilometers).

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

That fire continues to burn about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border as firefighters there and throughout Northern California brace for worsening conditions this weekend.

A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest. Another 9,000 buildings are threatened.

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. It is 45 percent contained.

Napa County's Steele Fire destroyed eight structures and forced 300 residents to evacuate.

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

Much of the destruction was caused by a tornado of flames that the National Weather Service said reached 143 miles per hour (230 kph) on July 26. "What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", he said.

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