Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

"We are working with law enforcement to investigate the circumstances of the incident", it added.

"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property loses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster", the White House said in a written statement.

Some areas on the fire's southeastern flank were reopened to relieved residents.

More immediately, the declaration will enable federal agencies to help battle the 17 major fires burning throughout the state. The fires have killed at least eight people, stretching the state's funds and resources thin as firefighters try to gain control.

Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt. Brian Hughes, the Fresno Bee reported. Together they are burning 201,471 acres and 34 percent contained.

The fire has reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.

A sign by the side of the road warns of the threat of wildfires which have been fuelled by continued hot weather outside the town of Colfax, California. They have grown to a combined 300 square miles. Individually, according to CAL FIRE, their containments are 50 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions Friday and Saturday as a series of dry low-pressure systems pass through the region, bringing gusts up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) in the afternoon.

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A California bulldozer operator almost slipped off a steep mountain trail three times before his vehicle finally rolled into a ravine and fatally crushed him.

Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott says the California wildfires have grown faster, and burned more land, earlier in the fire season than usual. Temperatures will remain hot all week across much of the state including Southern California, where red flag warnings for increased fire danger are in place.

The fire remained several miles from the evacuated communities along the eastern shore of Clear Lake, but "it looks like there's dicey weather on the way", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa said.

The declaration for Shasta County will increase residents' eligibility for programs and support in areas such as housing, employment and medical services and provide financial assistance to affected governments dealing with emergency response and recovery costs.

Ayeta was the seventh person to die in that blaze, which has scorched more than 62,322 hectares in the Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames, a resident who authorities said refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders, and two firefighters.

The blaze is now 41 percent contained. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.

Gov. Jerry Brown Saturday inspected Redding neighborhoods wiped out by the Carr Fire and called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.

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