California firefighters prepare for new flames as deadly wildfires blaze on

Rising winds forecast for Northern California wildfire zones

Rising winds forecast for Northern California wildfire zones

The Sacramento Bee, citing Cal Fire, reported that more than 14,000 firefighters were battling 17 blazes across the state.

At its peak, the Carr Fire forced more than 35,000 Shasta and Trinity county residents to seek temporary shelter and led to the evacuations of thousands more.

The Bee reports that the fire started Wednesday near the east side of Donnell Lake. By late Saturday those fires covered 229,000 acres -more than two-thirds the size of the city of Los Angeles, and were considered 32 percent contained, according to Reuters.

They included a bulldozer operator whose vehicle almost slipped off a mountain trail three times before it rolled into a ravine and crushed him at the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, a Cal Fire report said.

The fires 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.

"Park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely". Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.

Additionally, there was a mandatory evacuation issued for Yosemite Valley.

The tweet came a day after Gov.

Brown inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding and the Democratic governor said he was confident the Republican president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did a year ago when California's wine country was hit hard.

"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. The declaration will help fire victims with unemployment assistance, food aid and legal and mental health counseling among other federal programs.

State, tribal and other local governments and non-profit organizations will also have access to federal funds for emergency work and to fix or replace damaged facilities, it added.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, enormous tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company tells ABC News a crew member was doing restoration work in Shasta County when an unspecified accident happened.

According to PG&E Jairus Ayeta, 21, was killed Saturday afternoon in a vehicle accident.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles north grew to nearly 250 square miles (648 kilometers). The largest of the two fires was 50 percent contained. But officials say the twin fires threaten 9,000 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

At least three new fires broke out Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 1½ square miles of land.

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