California wildfires rage on

California: Mendocino Complex Fire Explodes to 28000 Acres

The toll of devastation from one of the most brutal fires in California history rose to nearly 1,000 homes destroyed and about 200 more damaged as a sprawling wildfire ignited by a spark from a towed vehicle grew to more than 175 square miles.

The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 112,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - also known as Cal Fire. The fires have become the seventh-most destructive in state history.

A glimpse of the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, near the historic mining town of Lewiston.

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic.

The two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties had burned seven homes by Monday night along with some 107 square miles (277 square kilometers) of rural land.

Just a month into the budget year, the state has already spent one quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $130 million. The fire is threatening more than 2,500 structures.

Allen, president of Sacramento-based Cal Fire Local 2881, has battled fires like these for 30 years.

The fire has killed six people, including two firefighters, since gale-force winds whipped it into a flaming cyclone that jumped a river and roared with little warning into Redding and adjacent communities in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region on the night of July 26.

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"When the fires start, guys are pretty much ready to rock and roll".

Although the Ferguson Fire - which is 33 percent contained and has burned about 58,000 acres - has so far not spread to Yosemite, it is keeping parts of the popular park closed through Sunday, according to The Los Angeles Times. It has scorched 180 square miles (470 square kilometers) and is 35 percent contained. Thousands of homes remain under threat.

He said the state really never left its drought status and several years of significant rainfall are needed to bring the state back.

Bush had returned to his mobile home in the community of Keswick last Tuesday after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery, but he was unable to drive and would have needed help to evacuate when the fire came through the neighborhood on Thursday, his sister, Kathi Gaston, told the Record Searchlight newspaper of Redding.

Jason's wife of six years, 32-year-old Shyla Campbell, said it was almost 2am on Thursday when the inferno closed in on their hamlet near Redding and she got an official alert to evacuate.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday evening for the fires.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said. "I'm very upset about it". Officials had hoped to reopen Friday. Thousands have been forced to evacuate since it began on July 23.

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