Carr Fire destroys more than 1,000 homes in Shasta County

Marsha Scott
August 2, 2018

Since last week, tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes as the Carr fire, the most aggressive of the blazes, rages on. The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, had burned more than 90 square miles and was 33 percent contained.

Jessyca Lytle fled a fast-moving Northern California wildfire in 2015 that spared her property but destroyed her mother's memorabilia-filled home in rural and rugged Lake County.

The practice of back-burning is seen as a last resort measure to stop the further spread of fire from particular areas.

Residents of Hopland in Mendocino County can now return home, and an order has been reduced to a warning for the area south of 8000 Old River Road, east of the Russian River, north of Highway 175 and west of mile marker 5.6 on Highway 175.

McLean, the state fire spokesman, said there was no guarantee of safety in a state that has been ravaged by years of drought that has turned trees and brush to tinder.

In Lake County, evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport along with some smaller communities and a section of Mendocino National Forest.

At least seven buildings have been destroyed by the Mendocino Complex Fire, and another 12,200 are threatened. Thousands more, however, remain evacuated because of the blaze ignited July 23 by a spark from a steel wheel rim on a trailer being towed with a flat tire. They have cut containment lines around 30 percent of the fire's perimeter, up from 5 percent during much of the past week, even as the footprint of scorched landscape grew to nearly 113,000 acres (46,000 hectares).

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Others will provide local fire department station coverage, some will be assigned as initial attack resources for new fire starts and others will pre-position in anticipation of the next round of lightning forecasted for California.

Erratic winds and record high temperatures have fueled blazes that blackened almost 410,000 acres in California, the state's highest year-to-date level in a decade. A relative identified the latest known victim as Daniel Bush, 62.

Gaston said her brother had wanted to stay in his own home, but he had spotty cell service and, with the power out, he might not have gotten word of the fire. "The fire burned actively throughout the night".

Gaston said she could not get to her brother's house because, with the fire approaching, sheriff's deputies had blocked the roads and then she herself had to evacuate.

It was the longest closure at Yosemite since 1997 when floods closed the park for more than two months.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said. Park officials had hoped to reopen Friday.

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