Deadly Carr Fire Has Destroyed More Than 1,000 Homes

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Cal Fire reports two wildfires burning in northern California are threatening thousands of homes on Monday night.

More than a thousand homes and more than 400 businesses and other buildings were reduced to ruins as the blaze is now ranked as the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

Blistering heat, shifting winds, steep terrain and plentiful dried growth continued to challenge more than 4,000 firefighters battling the Carr Fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters.

A new fire, being called the Eel Fire, is causing need for mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County as of Tuesday.

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic.

The state has spent more than $114 million fighting fires in July, the first month of California's fiscal year. "Please keep all of our Arizona firefighters, and all of the men and women working these fires in your thoughts", said State Forester Jeff Whitney.

The Lake County seat of Lakeport remained under evacuation orders and was a virtual ghost town, although people were allowed back home in several smaller communities as firefighters shored up containment lines.

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Rob McDonald said he left his home in Shasta County hoping the fire would not make it up the hill where he lives, taking only a few personal items with him. He bought his three-bedroom house past year using a loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

UPDATE 9:25 pm: David Dirck PIO with CalFire explained that the fire started at 3:30 pm.

After 19 days of destruction, the Ferguson Fire in central California was only 33% contained Tuesday evening.

A relative identified one of the victims as Daniel Bush, 62. "The fire burned actively throughout the night".

Jason's wife of six years, 32-year-old Shyla Campbell, said it was almost 2am on Thursday when the inferno closed in on their hamlet near Redding and she got an official alert to evacuate. If a fire is spreading and evacuations are being ordered, or if a gunman is on a school campus and hostages are being taken, Lucy (lparesh@lalate.com) has it covered. "I'm very upset about it". And parts of Yosemite National Park remain closed as firefighters battle a blaze there.

National Park Service officials said Tuesday that the scenic Yosemite Valley and other areas will be closed at least through Sunday due to heavy smoke from the so-called Ferguson Fire.

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