California's summer siege of wildfires

Firefighters battle the Ranch Fire near Upper Lake California

The weather service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon wind gusts.

Alerts have been upgraded to Reg Flag Warnings by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection due to low humidity, gusty winds and high temperatures, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres (63,700 hectares) late Friday, about half the size of Los Angeles, forcing almost 16,000 homeowners to flee a blaze that has destroyed 88 structures about 93 miles (150 km) north of San Francisco, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

New evacuations advisories and orders were issued overnight for parts of Lake and Colusa counties threatened by the growing Mendocino Complex fires.

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

Firefighting costs have more than tripled from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $773 million in the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire.

New evacuations were ordered late Thursday at the Mendocino Complex.

The blaze in the Redding area, 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco, is the largest of 18 wildfires burning throughout California.

As the fire continues to rage, some residents have been allowed to return to their homes to review the damage. It is the 6th most destructive fire in California's history and has killed six people, destroyed 1,073 homes, and 506 other structures, and damaged 258 structures in total.

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Just a month into the budget year, the state has already spent one quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $130 million. Allen, president of Sacramento-based Cal Fire Local 2881, has battled fires like these for 30 years.

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Authorities said there are 17 major fires burning throughout California.

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

The National Weather service said preliminary reports indicate the Carr fire created a whirlwind that reached 143 miles (230 kilometers) per hour - equivalent to an EF-3 tornado. The northern third of the park remains open.

Additionally, the Ferguson fire rages near Yosemite National Park.

By abstaining from controlled burns year after year, unchecked growth has multiplied, dried out and created a tinderbox.

An air tanker drops fire retardent to try to contain flames from the Carr fire as it spreads towards the town of Lewiston near Redding, California, on August 2, 2018.

"We think we're making pretty good progress holding Scotts Valley, and we don't believe we lost any structures in Scotts Valley", Blankenheim said. The complex comprises the River and Ranch fires, which had reached 153,738 acres as of 7 a.m. Friday.

Clearlake resident Joyce Adams -like many of her neighbors- deal with wildfires every year. But it's also come from pushback. Gov. He told reporters Wednesday that "nature is very powerful, and we're not on the side of nature".

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