California fire burns its way into history

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Dry, hot winds fueled both blazes, which have collectively charred almost 400 square miles of brush and timber.

Two firefighters and four other people have been killed since the blaze, which ignited July 23, raced with extraordinary fury toward the region's largest city.

"It's pretty doggone hot and dry and it's going to stay that way", Hurley said early Monday.

- Officials say a utility worker has been killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews continue to battle multiple blazes that have forced more evacuations.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Saturday said he was confident Trump would send aid.

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Californian fires last week had torched about 290,000 acres (117,300 hectares), more than double the five-year average over that same period, according to Cal Fire.

He has been identified as Jairus Ayeta, who was in his 20s and worked as an apprentice lineman.

Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain to battle in Shasta County. The fires had grown to cover about 229,000 acres (82,675 hectares) by Saturday night, and were considered 32% contained, according to the California forestry and fire protection officials (Cal Fire).

Two blazes known as the Mendocino Complex are raging around Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties, about 90 miles (145 km) north of San Francisco.

Since 2008, California has experienced nine of the top 20 most destructive wildfires in its history in terms of structures burned, according to a CalFire report. At least 89 structures have been destroyed, half of which were residential homes, and about 9,200 remain under threat.

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An air tanker was deployed in Mendocino County, California, on August 2 to help contain wildfires that have burned over 150,000 acres of land and vegetation. In addition to the Shasta declaration, Brown's office said FEMA was considering requests for disaster declarations for Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties "on an expedited basis". The men when contacted by deputies were watering their marijuana plants, the posting said.

The president also called for clearing trees to stop the fires from spreading.

In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of a 115-square-mile (298-square-kilometer) forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism.

A wildfire burning in Tuolumne County in Northern California grew dramatically Sunday and led to more evacuation orders, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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