Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PG&E Lineman Killed Working Near Carr Fire

PG&E Lineman Killed Working Near Carr Fire

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged near Ukiah, north of Sacramento, exploded by 25 percent overnight and had blackened almost 400 square miles as of Sunday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had destroyed over 150,000 acres and was about 40 percent contained.

This year, California wildfires have burned more land earlier in the "fire season" than usual, said Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, during a news conference on Saturday.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is forcing more families to flee from their homes.

California's current year-round fire season is producing more extreme and destructive blazes than in the past.

New evacuation orders are in effect as of Friday, by the Cal Fire Mendocino Unit.

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The Carr Fire has destroyed 1,080 residences, 24 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings. The twirling tower of flame reached speeds of 143 miles per hour, which rivaled some of the most destructive Midwest tornados, National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema said.

More than 100 large wildfires were burning across 13 Western states, having consumed more than 1.4 million (582,000 hectares), according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

"We pretty much lost everything", said Smith, 77, who has lived in the neighborhood with her 80-year-old husband for 29 years.

"Tragedies bring people together", he added.

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"It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". Some areas on the fire's southeastern flank were reopened to residents. Fire officials have said it is considered 32 percent contained.

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It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl". The column of fire produced by "intense rising heat and turbulent winds" was equivalent to an F3 tornado and left a path of destruction - completely stripping bark off of trees, uprooting some others and collapsing power line towers, according to the National Weather Service.

US President Donald Trump declared a "major disaster" in California and ordered federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts, the White House said in a statement on Sunday.

The park service says the parts of Yosemite that will remain closed include Yosemite Valley, El Portal Road, Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona Campground, Crane Flat Campground and Tamarack Campground.

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. He told reporters Wednesday that "nature is very powerful, and we're not on the side of nature".

According to PG&E Jairus Ayeta, 21, was killed Saturday afternoon in a vehicle accident.

After visiting some of the fire-ravaged areas on Saturday, California Gov.

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