California Governor Seeks Wildfire Aid from Trump as State Battles 17 Blazes

Yosemite National Park sign

Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by the fire in Redding, said he was confident the president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Mr. Trump did past year when California's wine country was hit hard.

Brown said he is hopeful Trump will issue a so-called Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California.

"These kinds of awful situations bring people together, regardless of the lesser kind of ideologies and partisan considerations", Brown told a news conference Saturday.

President Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in California, paving the way for federal money and aid.

Firefighters said three men in Nice refused to evacuate for the Ranch Fire because they were tending to their marijuana plants.

The River Fire is 35,278 acres and 50 percent contained.

A new report says the first firefighter, 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.

The blaze has killed two firefighters.

Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt. Brian Hughes, the Fresno Bee reported.

The blaze has killed two firefighters. "Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen", the agency said in a statement.

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Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

That fire continues to burn about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR border as firefighters there and throughout Northern California brace for worsening conditions this weekend.

The size of the fires surpasses a blaze last December in Southern California that burned 440.5 square miles (1,140.8 kilometers).

The fires, north of San Francisco, have burned 75 homes and is only 30 percent contained. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in Lake County from 11 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday due to gusty winds and low humidity in fire weather zones. But she said trajectory and the weather forecast prompted officials to evacuate the communities Friday out of an abundance of caution.

Those figures, along with the fact that large fires are starting earlier in the year, has state officials anxious.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas.

Two other blazes collectively called the Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties, about 90 miles north of San Francisco.

The fire in and around Redding has claimed six lives, including two firefighters, and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Together they are burning 201,471 acres and 34 percent contained.

Much of the destruction was caused by a tornado of flames that the National Weather Service said reached 143 miles per hour (230 kph) on July 26.

The "firenado" also left behind damage that looked more like the work of a tornado than a wildfire-tiles stripped from roofs, trees uprooted, cars moved, a transmission tower tipped over.

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