To the southwest of Redding, new evacuations were ordered late Thursday at the Mendocino Complex, where twin fires have ravaged a combined 240 square miles (621 square kilometers), destroyed 41 residences and threatened 9,200 homes. Thousands of people remain evacuated although residents of Kelseyville, Finley and the Big Valley Rancheria were allowed home Tuesday night while the areas remain under an advisory evacuation order for people to be ready to leave if fire conditions change.
Then came the Cranston fire south of Idyllwild and the deadly Carr fire in Redding.
"We're looking really good on the southern end of the River Fire", Blankenheim said earlier in his update Friday evening, after parts of Kelseyville and Lakeport were repopulated and Highway 175 was reopened.
The Carr Fire is 39-percent contained, but firefighters are widening fire breaks to prevent winds from causing it to flare up again. - Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, a 70 year old woman and her two great-grandchildren age four and five, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames.
The fire has killed six people, including two firefighters, and destroyed 1,060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including businesses, barns and warehouses, officials said. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.
The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber.
"They're working hard to repopulate Lakeport today and tomorrow", Wilson said.
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 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. Six people, including two firefighters, have died in the past week.
Inspecting the fire-damaged neighborhoods of Redding on Saturday, the governor also said California needs a statewide emergency alert system.
Cal Fire said on August 3 that the Ranch Fire, which is burning northeast of Ukiah, had consumed about 115,250 acres since it started on July 27, with firefighters managing to contain about 28 percent of the blaze.
His assistant had gone to get a new hydraulic hose.