Thousands more evacuated from California's largest wildfire

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The White House said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPastor at Trump rally prays to shield Trump from "jungle journalism" Bill Russell: Being criticized by Trump is the "biggest compliment you can get" Salmon farmers in California fear Trump will destroy their industry MORE has approved a disaster declaration for California as the state battles devastating wildfires.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region could bring wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) that could turn small fires or even sparks into racing walls of flames.

Dykema said the whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from home.

- A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames. 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. The Mandatory Evacuation area is west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, north of Clear Lake including the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, Witter Springs, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, Saratoga Springs.

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The blaze in Mendocino County, about 90 miles (145 km) north of San Francisco, had spread to cover a total of 201,471 acres (81,500 hectares) by early Saturday, after increasing more than 25 percent in size from Friday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

The so-called Carr Fire was 41 percent contained after killing six people and incinerating 1,067 homes.

Two firefighters and four other people, including two children, have also been killed in connection with the fire. More than 1,300 homes remained threatened.

He said whirls are created when hot air rises and twists tightly. The massive wildfire has grown to 154,524 acres and is 41 percent contained. The fires have killed at least eight people, stretching the state's funds and resources thin as firefighters try to gain control. Workers who live in Yosemite's popular Valley region were ordered to leave Friday because of inaccessible roads.

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A team of 188 specialist Australian and New Zealand firefighters are also on the ground in California to help battle the blazes.

After years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, vast tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said. They have grown to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

Firefighters from 16 states have rushed to California, and authorities were reinforcing 3,232 personnel on the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of two blazes.

The report says his death highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

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