Weather to bring renewed fire danger to Northern California

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

The Carr wildfire, near Redding, California, has been burning for some days now and has expanded to cover an area of nearly 127,000 acres, with the burn still only 37% contained.

It's important to note that auto losses from damage to vehicles are not provided by the state authorities, but are of course another contributor to the eventual insurance and reinsurance losses from the Carr wildfire.

Forecasters said areas with the highest threat included a massive blaze near the city of Redding and the Mendocino Complex of two fires north of San Francisco.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings of extreme fire danger through Saturday night because of low humidity and gusty winds.

An EF-3 tornado is capable of destroying parts of homes, lifting cars off the ground and stripping the bark off of trees.

The Carr wildfire is now set to be the largest loss of the 2018 California wildfire season and looks certain to become a billion dollar loss, which will put it among the top ten most costly US wildfires ever for the insurance and reinsurance industry.

The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles south of the OR border is 39 percent contained after destroying 1,060 homes and many other structures.

Air tankers have been dropping fire retardant on two wildfires in Northern California to help try and stop them spreading any further.

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The Carr fire is now the 6th most destructive fire in state's history, killing at least 6 people.

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.

Some evacuations were lifted Friday in an area near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft have been battling an huge blaze about 100 miles south of the OR line.

Gov. Jerry Brown at a press conference on August 1 warned that California may be in trouble if these mega fires continue to ravage the state.

Aftermath of the Carr Fire "fire whirl". The fire had reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

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. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

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