A seventh person died in a fire in northern California on Saturday. "Tragedies bring people together". Workers who live in Yosemite's popular Valley region were ordered to leave Friday because of inaccessible roads.
The entire so-called Mendocino Complex Fire is now one of the largest on record in the state, officials said. "Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen", the agency said in a statement. The Ranch Fire which started along Highway 20 near Potter Valley is at 74,890 acres with 33 percent containment and the River Fire, which started on Old River Road near Hopland, is at 35,278 acres with 50 percent containment.
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. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes and killed eight people. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in Lake County from 11 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday due to gusty winds and low humidity in fire weather zones.
Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.
Fire whirls, also know as fire tornadoes or fire devils, often erupt of large wildfires and footage which has emerged of the Carr Fire shows the cyclone of flames ripping through a town in the U.S. state yesterday.
The Redding fire has grown to 206 square miles (533-square-kilometer) and has destroyed 1,060 homes and many other structures.
Meanwhile to the south, new evacuations were ordered Saturday evening near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties across wilderness on both sides of Clear Lake.
As of Sunday morning the Carr Fire had burned 154,524 acres and was 41 percent contained. Hughes was killed July 29 by a falling tree while fighting the wildfire that has closed Yosemite National Park at the height of tourist season.
It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".
The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident.
Six people, including two firefighters, have died, and the fire has destroyed 1,060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, making it the sixth-most-destructive wildfire in California history, officials said.
Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex, comprised of two blazes: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.
The Carr Fire spawned a "fire whirl" of flames and winds in excess of 143 miles per hour (230 kph) on July 26 that had the strength of a severe tornado and uprooted trees and toppled power lines, according to a tweet by the National Weather Service.
The report called for better "risk assessment" among firefighters.