Fire whirl brings critical conditions in Northern…

07 August, 2018, 14:47 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Firefighters try to control the fire in Carr as it continues to spread

The "firenado" also left behind damage that looked more like the work of a tornado than a wildfire-tiles stripped from roofs, trees uprooted, cars moved, a transmission tower tipped over.

The whirl measured a 3 on the five-level Enhanced Fujita scale, which scientists use to classify the strength of tornados, he said.

Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado.

Meanwhile, some days-old evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft have been battling the enormous Carr Fire about 100 miles south of the OR line.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning in parts of California for conditions that are conducive to the growth of wildfires including strong winds, low humidity and very high temperatures.

A new mandatory evacuation order went out in Lake County late Friday morning for the Mendocino Complex Fire, according to authorities.

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The blaze has killed two firefighters.

He said whirls are created when hot air rises and twists tightly.

The Mendocino Complex fire, as it's called, consists of two separate conflagrations that had consumed more than 200,000 acres by Saturday afternoon and had forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

One of the fires moved deeper into the Mendocino National Forest, "an area with some hunting cabins and some private property but no towns", Lake County Sheriff Lt. Corey Paulich said.

"It's not good firefighting weather", Anderson said.

Due to the recent containment on the smaller of the two blazes, resources are being mobilize to tackle to the much larger Ranch Fire, which continues to grow to the north and southeast.

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The twin fires have destroyed 41 homes.

More than 4,200 firefighters have been deployed to battle the conflagration but they have only succeeded in containing 41 percent of it so far. Some areas on the fire's southeastern flank were reopened to residents.

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

Two firefighters have been killed there since a fire erupted just west of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest. Insurers paid out more than USD14 billion in insurance claims due to fire damage around the world, nearly entirely due to the October and December events in California.

CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

The report says his death highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

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A team of 188 specialist Australian and New Zealand firefighters are also on the ground in California to help battle the blazes.

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