A seventh person died in a northern California wildfire on Saturday, as a couple of other fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 percent overnight and continued to spread.
PG&E Corporation confirmed on Sunday that 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, died when his vehicle crashed in western Shasta County as he worked with crews in risky terrain to battle the almost two-week-old Carr Fire.
More than 14,000 firefighters are now battling 17 major fires burning across California.
The Ranch Fire is 156,678 acres and 27 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
As an army of firefighters battled 17 large wildfires burning across California, the focus on Saturday was a pair of blazes burning on either side of Clear Lake, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
Dry, hot winds have been fueling the flames. More than 1,300 homes remained threatened.More news: The Bachelorette finale: Blake ‘hysterical’ after Becca dumps him
"The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters so I'm hopeful", Brown said.
KQED's Lesley McClurg and Kat Snow reported for NPRthat the fires have had lasting impacts on residents there, "Confronting constant reminders of what fire can do has become a terrifying reality for people who survived last year's flames and are still piecing their lives back together".
Both areas remained under a "red flag warning" issued by the National Weather Service for strong winds, low relative humidity and temperatures topping 32 degrees Celsius, all conditions that can drive the growth of wildfires. 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.
"The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 254,000 acres (102,790 ha), making it the fifth largest blaze in California's history", AccuWeather said on its website. Heavy timber and steep drainage continue to challenge firefighters, a Cal Fire incident update said. That fire had already killed six people, including a great-grandmother and two children.
On Saturday, Brown met with local leaders and emergency officials in Shasta County and requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to help fight and recover from fires burning in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Shasta counties. 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.
The fire had reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.
Wildfires typically create whirls but rarely of the strength of the one recorded July 26, Dykema said.