Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

Thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of California's biggest wildfire on Friday as tired firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons in a decade.

The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon wind gusts.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service said that, according to preliminary information, the winds of the column were moving at speeds of 143 miles per hour, classifying it as an EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates tornado intensity on a range of zero to five.

Fuelled by triple-digit temperatures, the blazes have put California on track for its most destructive fire year since 2008, in terms of area burnt, said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean.

Dykema said the whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from home.

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

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The blaze in the Redding area, 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco, is the largest of 18 wildfires burning throughout California.

The fire has killed six people, including two firefighters, and destroyed 1,060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including businesses, barns and warehouses, officials said. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

As of the latest update, the Carr wildfire has now destroyed 1,060 residential properties, 19 commercial properties and 474 farm buildings, outbuildings and the like (which can often also be insured).

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl". "When the winds are strong enough and the fire is hot enough, sometimes, the rising air columns start to rotate".

To the southwest of the Carr Fire, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the 95,000-acre (38,450-hectare) Medocino Complex, made up of the Ranch and River fires that have destroyed seven homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Some 105 people have been evacuated from the area.

Firefighters have achieved 41 percent containment of that forest fire.

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A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest.

The Carr Fire, located some 322 kilometers north of San Francisco, is still growing, CalFire said today.

At least three new fires broke out Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 1½ square miles of land.

Braden Varney, 36, was working alone overnight July 14 fighting the wildfire while his assistant went to get a new hydraulic hose.

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

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