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California's desolating Carr Fire was started by a flat tire

California's desolating Carr Fire was started by a flat tire

The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest.

"With that being said, there's a high likelihood that the fire's going to back down into several communities today, and we're preparing for structure defense in Nice, Lucerne and Clearlake Oaks with engines in backyards", Blankenheim continued, explaining that Cal Fire was working with the Lake County Sheriff's Office overnight Friday to evacuate the affected residents.

Its size overtook the deadly Carr Fire, about 160km to the northeast, which is among 18 significant wildfires burning across California and 106 in the United States.

But tens of thousands of others were still under evacuation orders.

The fire has reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.

The blaze is now 41 percent contained.

The Carr Fire is 39 percent contained after killing six people and incinerating 1,067 homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown at a press conference on August 1 warned that California may be in trouble if these mega fires continue to ravage the state.

However, some days-old evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling an vast blaze about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR line. A CalFire status update issued hours later said that "low relative humidity and an unstable atmosphere have increased fire behavior".

They have grown to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber.

A fire whirl spawned by the Carr Fire carried wind speeds equivalent to an EF-3 tornado, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".

More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida but Brown repeated predictions from fire officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

As of Saturday morning, Cal Fire reported The Ranch Fire was 156,678 acres and 27-percent contained.

A Department of Forestry and Fire Protection preliminary report says each earlier slip alone qualified as a "near miss" warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse.

Varney was a 10-year veteran.

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