SAN FRANCISCO – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):
Twin fires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continues to grow in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.
California fire officials said on Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 km) north of San Francisco were 27 percent contained and had grown to almost 250 square miles (648 km).
The two fires are related to an area that is larger than the wildfire that damaged parts of Redding, California last week and two firefighters killed.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said that the fire was started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer flat tire.
Crews fight deadly Northern California forest fires are bracing for a weekend of windy, warm weather, could the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.
The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings of extreme fire danger until Saturday night because of the low humidity and the wind gusty.
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.
Some 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 south of the Oregon line.
The Carr Fire was 39 percent contained after killing of six people and the burning of 1,067 homes.