Fire Whirl In Carr Fire Equal To EF-3 Tornado

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The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest.

Cal Fire said that "steep terrain, erratic winds, and previously unburned fuels are contributing to spot fire potential".

Chief Buttron said the animals survived what could be one of the state's most destructive fire of the year, which has burned more than 11,000 acres in its path.

"We had a lot of equipment on it last night", Gonzalez said.

He added: "We recognise that as people enter back into their neighbourhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbours that have lost homes".

With a red flag warning posted for this evening through Saturday, firefighters are continuing to be challenged by the Carr Fire, which now stands at 125,842 acres and remains at 35 percent containment.

More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida but Brown repeated predictions from fire officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate.

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After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.

People living north of the intersection of Highway 29 and Highland Springs Road, east of Highway 29 and south of Park Way can return home, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Lakeport Police Department announced Thursday afternoon.

Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

The state spent more than $114 million fighting fires in July, the first month of California's fiscal year.

A fire whirl spawned by the Carr Fire carried wind speeds equivalent to an EF-3 tornado, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex.