RESCUE, California. – Firefighters battling a deadly and devastating forest fires in Northern California are faced with a deterioration of the weather conditions on Friday.
The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions on Saturday, saying a series of dry low pressure systems passing through the region would spend the afternoon with gusts up to 35 km / h (56 km / h).
Forecasters said the highest threat areas, the so-called Carr Fire in the vicinity of the city of Redding and the Mendocino Complex of two fires north of San Francisco. The weather forecast included the extremely low humidity that allows vegetation ready to burn.
The 206 square miles (533 square miles) Carr Fire 100 miles south of the Oregon border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 houses and many other structures.
Two firefighters and four other people have been killed since the fire, which ignited July 23, reed with extraordinary anger in the direction of the region’s largest city. More than 1,300 homes remained threatened.
To the southwest, new evacuations were ordered late Thursday in the Mendocino Complex, where the so-called Ranch and the River, the fire destroyed a combined 240 square miles (621 square kilometers), destroyed 41 homes and threatened 9,200 homes.
Both fires were active during the night, including a rapid expansion to the east by the Ranch Fire. Combined inclusion was 30 percent early Friday.
In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters reached 41 percent containment of a 115-square feet (298 square kilometers) of the forest fire that closed Yosemite Valley and other adjacent parts of the Yosemite National Park in what is normally the height of the summer tourism.
Two firefighters were killed as a fire broke out just west of Yosemite park in the Sierra National Forest.