Mendocino Complex of Fires spreads closer to Lakeport

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A Department of Forestry and Fire Protection preliminary report said each earlier slip alone qualified as a "near miss" warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse.

The tornado-like condition, lasting an hour and a half and fueled by extreme heat and intensely dry brush as California heats up to record levels, was captured in dramatic videos that have come to symbolize the destructive power of what is now California's sixth-most destructive fire.

A fast-growing California wildfire that has already forced thousands to flee their homes and shut down a large national park surged overnight into Saturday, as tired firefighters battled gusting winds.

This year's California wildfire season has been more destructive than in years past, burning about 290,000 acres (117,300 hectares), more than double the five-year average over that same period, according to Cal Fire.

High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, officials said.

The rotating column of fire was spotted on July 26 as the fire near Redding took on a life of its own.

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

The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the state's largest fire at more than two-thirds the size of sprawling Los Angeles, and has forced the evacuation of almost 16,000 residents and destroyed more than 100 structures.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which uses acres to describe fire size, said the blaze had blackened almost 206 square miles (533 square kilometers).

Firefighters watch as an air tanker drops fire retardant to protect homes along the crest of a hill at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 2, 2018. The fire had reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.

In Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of a 115-square-mile (298-square-kilometer) forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism.

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

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Most of the Ranch fire expansion was from the fire's press deeper into the Mendocino National Forest, a Cal Fire spokesman said Wednesday.

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.

It has destroyed more than 1,550 structures in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (260 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.

Varney was a 10-year veteran.

Officials have not said how the other three firefighters died fighting blazes near Yosemite and Redding.

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