A sign by the side of the road warns of the threat of wildfires which have been fuelled by continued hot weather outside the town of Colfax, California.
California fire officials said Monday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 30 percent contained and have scorched 428 square miles.
The insurance and reinsurance industry loss from the Carr wildfire in Shasta County, California, is anticipated to at least approach and possibly surpass $1 billion, as the destruction continues with now more than 1,550 structures completely destroyed and another 258 damaged by the fire. Another 9,000 buildings are threatened.
In his request to President Donald Trump, Brown said the Carr Fire ranked as California's sixth most destructive, having destroyed more than 131,000 acres at the time of writing. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people and shut down Yosemite National Park.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation; The Los Angeles Times also reports that some "have blamed the start of the massive blaze on a vehicle towing a trailer with a flat tire, its metal rim creating sparks as it rolled along".
As of Saturday, the Carr Fire is 39 percent contained, and firefighting reinforcements are coming to California from as far as New Zealand.
"This is a particularly unsafe situation with extremely low humidity and high winds". The blaze, known as the Mendocino Complex fire, has grown to 357 square miles and is 32 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
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Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said. "These fires were, and will continue to be, extremely traumatic", he said.
A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday.
The Mendocino Complex fire, as it's called, consists of two separate conflagrations that had consumed more than 200,000 acres by Saturday afternoon and had forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The twirling tower of flame reached speeds of 143 miles per hour (230 kph), which rivaled some of the most destructive Midwest tornados, National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema said.
It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12. But she said trajectory and the weather forecast prompted officials to evacuate the communities Friday out of an abundance of caution. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.
The Sacramento Bee, citing Cal Fire, reported that more than 14,000 firefighters were battling 17 blazes across the state.
According to the sheriffs, firefighters told deputies they were attempting to fight the front line of the Ranch Fire which was approximately 20 yards from them.
The report says his death highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.