This animation shows just how fast the Carr Fire is spreading

This animation shows just how fast the Carr Fire is spreading

Then the Holiday fire hit Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.

He is one of four firefighters who have died in recent weeks while fighting wildfires.

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).

North and east of San Francisco, two wildfires that began on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) near the communities of Covelo and Yuba City continued to burn through grass, brush and timberlands. The Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite National Park has burned 80,755 acres (126 square miles) and is 36 percent contained on Saturday. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region could bring wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour that could turn small fires or sparks into racing walls of flame.

NWS meteorologist Duane Dykema said the "fire whirl" had an intensity rivaled by some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes recorded. At least 89 structures have been destroyed, half of which were residential homes, and about 9,200 remain under threat.

The numbers are based on daily statistics provide by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and show how much land the fire has charred with each passing day.

Adding that its estimates are, "Also based on historical comparisons to fires of similar size and magnitude in California, including the October and December 2017 fires in the state".

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 heat of wildfires can sometimes create short-lived "fire whirls", and at first, experts were reluctant to call the Redding fire column a tornado.

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

The blaze has killed two firefighters.

The 33-year-old was killed July 29 by a falling tree while battling a wildfire that has prompted the closure and evacuation of nearby Yosemite National Park.

His assistant had gone to get a new hydraulic hose.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border was 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

The report says the death of the 10-year veteran highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

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