SAN FRANCISCO – Crews battling a deadly Northern California wildfires braced for a weekend of windy, warm weather, could the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.
The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night, saying: a series of dry low pressure systems passing through the region could bring gusts of up to 35 km / h can be small fires or even sparks in the race walls of fire.
“This is a very dangerous situation with extremely low humidity and the wind. New fire to grow quickly, in some cases, people may not be able to evacuate safely in time should a fire approach, ” the weather service said in its bulletin for the Mendocino area north of San Francisco.
As a precaution, the new evacuations were called Friday for an area of Mendocino and More countries where the week-old twins fire destroyed 41 homes and threatening about 9,000 more.
The fire has charred an area of the wooded, rural area five times the size of San Francisco and is only 30 percent contained. Thousands of people remain evacuated.
The fire remained several miles from the evacuated communities along the eastern shores of Clear Lake, but “it seems that there are dicey on the road again,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa said.
However, some days old, and evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleet of planes are vying for an immense glow about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the Oregon line. Some areas on the fire’s southeastern flank were reopened to residents.
The Carr Fire was 39 percent contained after killing of six people and the burning of 1,067 homes.
Gov. Jerry Brown was scheduled for a visit to the fire area in Shasta County on Saturday.
The fire burned slowly for days before the wind suddenly whipped the previous week, and rode furiously through brush and wood.
The blaze burned so furiously on 26 July that a “fire.” The rotating tower of the flame reached a speed of 143 km / h (230 km / h), which rivaled some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes, the National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema said. The whirlwind uprooted trees and ripped roofs of houses, Dykema said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which makes use acres to describe size fire, said the fire had black nearly 206 square miles (533 square miles).
In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters reached 41 percent containment of a wildfire that closed Yosemite Valley and other adjacent parts of the Yosemite National Park in what is normally the height of the summer tourism.
The fire had reached in remote areas of the country is the third-oldest national park. Employees who live in Yosemite’s popular Valley region were ordered to leave Friday because of impassable paths.
The blaze has killed two firefighters.
A new report says the first fireman, a California bulldozer operator, almost slipped off a steep mountain path three times before his vehicle finally rolled into a ravine and fatally crushed him.
Each previous slip only qualified as a “near miss” warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse, according to the Ministry of Forestry and fire protection, a preliminary report.
Braden Varney, 36, only the night of 14 July, is fighting the wildfire, while his assistant went to a new hydraulic hose. Varney the radio was not communicating with the head office, so his assistant relayed messages to the moment that they lost contact.
The report says that the death of the 10-year veteran stressed the need for better risk assessment, communication, and monitoring.
Associated Press writer Don Thompson contributed to this report from Sacramento, California.
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