The Latest: Fire department makes a certain profit at twin burn

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Latest on the fires in California (all times are local):

7:30 pm

California officials say firefighters have made some gains against the twin fires that are threatening various towns.

The state of the Department of Forestry and fire protection said Tuesday that the fire department be increased by the inclusion of 5 to 10 percent of the two fires cross-border Mendocino and Lake county in Northern California.

The forest fires have destroyed seven houses and burned 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) of countryside.

Officials on Monday ordered residents of the two towns in the vicinity of Clear Lake to evacuate.

The communication was for the towns of Kelseyville and Finley and brought the number of people affected by this fire to 18,000.


7:20 pm

A huge blaze two firefighters were killed and four citizens have now destroyed 884 homes. That is out of 823 dwellings previously reported destroyed.

California fire officials said Tuesday the wildfire burning in the vicinity of Redding, California, for more than a week has scorched 172 square miles (445 square kilometers).

But fire crews have gained some ground and increased inclusion, with almost 30 percent.

It is believed to be the ninth most destructive fire in the history of the region.

More than 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes, while another 10,000 were allowed to return Monday as fire crews strengthen lines on the western end of the blaze.


6:55 pm

Firefighters from across the United States are sent to California to help crews stretched to the limit as they battle 17 forest fires in the state.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says firefighters from 10 states are already helping, and six other states to send the funds this week.

The agency says that the out-of-state fire brigade will relieve exhausted California firefighters who are working non-stop for two weeks.

More than 50,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday in Northern California, where a deadly blaze has destroyed more than 800 homes.

The other two fires burning about 14 miles (22 km) of each other, threatening 10,000 residences.


11:00 pm

Twin fires in Northern California are threatening some 10,000 homes, and pose yet another battle for firefighters already stretched thin by a summer of horrific and deadly characters.

The fire to stretch out in Mendocino and Lake counties have burned seven homes and forced the evacuation of Lakeport and the small surrounding communities.

Approximately 100 km to the north, a fire that has killed six people, remains a threat for the Rescue area.

The so-called Carr Fire destroyed 818 residential units and 311 outbuildings. State fire spokesman Scott McLean says that it is the ninth most devastating forest fire in state history.

About 12,000 firefighters combat the fire. Fire officials say they’re making progress against the fire that is 23 percent contained.

More than 27,000 people remain evacuated.

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