Fire Whirl in Carr Fire Reached 143 miles per hour

07 August, 2018, 14:48 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Mr Veverka, 34, said: "Right now, it's pretty much guaranteed we'll go from fire to fire to fire, until everything is out".

KQED's Lesley McClurg and Kat Snow reported for NPRthat the fires have had lasting impacts on residents there, "Confronting constant reminders of what fire can do has become a terrifying reality for people who survived last year's flames and are still piecing their lives back together".

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

More than 14,000 firefighters are now battling 17 major fires burning across California. The apprentice lineman was working to restore power in the area. The blaze, known as the Mendocino Complex fire, has grown to 357 square miles and is 32 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

However, most evacuations were lifted by Saturday in and around Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling an vast blaze about 100 miles south of the OR line.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas.

Firefighters battling blazes throughout Northern California had some success keeping flames away from heavily populated areas Thursday and made progress containing a blaze that already destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Several days of light winds have helped teams control smaller blazes, but they faced a "red flag" warning for increasing winds and heightened fire danger going into the weekend.

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The blaze is now 41 percent contained.

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.

PG&E Corporation confirmed yesterday that 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, died when his vehicle crashed in western Shasta County as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain to battle the almost two-week-old Carr Fire.

"The Mendocino Complex fire remains a dynamic and rapidly changing challenge for firefighters, with additional evacuation orders issued on Saturday and thousands of structures remaining threatened by the massive wildfire".

The blaze has killed two firefighters. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned.

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

A fire whirl - similar to a tornado - that occurred in the Carr Fire near Redding on July 26 had maximum winds in excess of 143 miles per hour, according to an initial analysis by the National Weather Service and Calfire.

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