California Fires Spread Rapidly, Killing Seventh Victim

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Wildfires in northern California have spread to more than two-thirds the size of Los Angeles as more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes and firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds.

"They were working in unsafe terrain, performing electric power restoration work, when he suffered a fatal injuries associated with a vehicle accident", said company spokesperson Melissa Subbotin.

The fire near Redding, which killed six people and incinerated 1,067 homes, started two weeks ago with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said.

There are 14,000 firefighters from California and other states fighting the blazes. The Carr Fire, which was raging across more than 154,000 acres as of late Saturday, is 41% contained, officials said.

As a precaution, new evacuations were called Friday for an area of Mendocino and Lake counties where the week-old twin fires are threatening about 9,000 homes.

Brown also stressed that California must continue to lessen the effects of climate change, which is blamed for exacerbating the warm and dry conditions that lead to wildfires.

"Tragedies bring people together", he added.

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl". Those fires destroyed 55 homes and forced thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of the city.

The wildfire has grown to 175 square miles (280 square kilometers) and is a few miles from connecting with a second blaze that has grown to 64 square miles (105 square kilometers).

The Ranch Fire was just 22 percent contained, and the River Fire was 50 percent contained. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

Meteorologist Steve Anderson said wind gusts could reach 25 miles per hour (40 kph) during the day Sunday.

The worldwide fire teams from Australia and New Zealand will arrive in Redding on Monday, Pimlott said.

President Donald Trump blamed the fires' destruction on "bad environmental laws", but did not mention evacuees or victims of the inferno. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people and shut down Yosemite National Park.

The "firenado" also left behind damage that looked more like the work of a tornado than a wildfire-tiles stripped from roofs, trees uprooted, cars moved, a transmission tower tipped over.

As firefighters battled a Northern California wildfire on Saturday, they encountered three men in a pickup truck who refused to evacuate, Lake County authorities say. The Carr fire, burning about 162 miles north of Sacramento, killed a power company lineman, according to a CBS affiliate.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 108 eastbound at Eagle Meadow Road and westbound at Dardanelle Resort on Saturday because of the fast-growing fire, which is burning in steep and rough terrain in the Stanislaus National Forest.

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