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Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses against flames from the Ranch fire as it continues to spreads towards the town of Upper Lake California

New evacuations in Lake, Colusa counties as Mendocino Complex fires surpass 150,000 acres | The Sacramento Bee

Firefighters say they have contained 34 percent of a wildfire in California's Mendocino County, after it surged overnight to cover an area over two-thirds the size of LA, Reuters reports.

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

Redding is 220 miles (354 kilometers) north of San Francisco. The forecast included extremely low humidity levels that leave vegetation ready to burn. The highest threat areas are said to be near the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire.

So far the Carr Fire has claimed six lives, destroyed over 1,500 structures, and burned some 206 square miles, Cal Fire said.

Due to the Ranch fire's behavior, fire officials early Wednesday issued new advisory evacuation warnings to residents of the Lake Pillsbury basin, Paradise Valley and in the Mendocino National Forest in Lake County.

Also known as a fire whirl or firenado, the weather service described it as "a rotating column of fire induced by intense rising heat and turbulent winds". The complex comprises the River and Ranch fires, which had reached 153,738 acres as of 7 a.m. Friday.

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In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, a thank you banner for fire fighters, first responders and hospital workers hangs outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Dozens of staff members, including doctors, nurses and others at the medical center are keeping the hospital running despite losing their homes to the flames. By the end of July, wildfires across the state had killed eight people and scorched 200,000 acres.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 27 percent contained and have grown to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers). The Ranch Fire is now also well established in the Mendocino National Forest.

Hughes was National Park Service fire captain and the leader of an elite "hotshot" crew responsible for fighting fires in rugged terrain.

Those gusts were slowing efforts in the steep, rugged terrain to carve out buffer zones in front of the fire's leading edge, said Gabriel Lauderdale, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). A new report says the first firefighter, a California bulldozer operator, almost slipped off a steep mountain trail three times before his vehicle finally rolled into a ravine and fatally crushed him. At least 16,500 homes are still threatened by these fires and over 40,000 residents are under evacuation orders. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

Varney was a 10-year veteran.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".

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