More than 1000 homes destroyed in Northern CA blaze

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California firefighter Jason Campbell was battling a wildfire near Yosemite Valley last week, not knowing that his family's home was destroyed by the deadly Carr Fire six hours away. The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reported promising headway Tuesday on the most devastating of the blazes: the Carr Fire in and around this city of 92,000.

Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames. LIST: People missing in Shasta County's Carr FireThe wildfire is the 6th most destructive wildfire in California history.

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic. That one is raging near Old River Road, 6 miles north of Hopland.

A mechanical failure of a vehicle caused the fire, CalFire said.

The Associated Press writes, "The Lake County seat of Lakeport remained under evacuation orders and was a virtual ghost town, although people were allowed back home in several smaller communities as firefighters shored up containment lines".

About nine miles northwest of Yuba City, the Butte Fire has grown to more than 1,500 acres and was moving at a "critical" rate of speed, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said, according to The Sacramento Bee.

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Since then, parts of the county have been evacuated regularly due to fire, most recently in June. They have cut containment lines around 30 percent of the fire's perimeter, up from 5 percent during much of the past week, even as the footprint of scorched landscape grew to nearly 113,000 acres (46,000 hectares).

Erratic winds and record high temperatures have fueled blazes that blackened almost 410,000 acres in California, the state's highest year-to-date level in a decade.

Bush had returned to his mobile home in the community of Keswick last Tuesday after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery but he was unable to drive and would have needed help to evacuate when the fire came through the neighborhood on Thursday, his sister, Kathi Gaston, told the Redding Record Searchlight.

It was the longest closure at Yosemite since 1997 when floods closed the park for more than two months. A 10-acre fire damaged 13 homes and apartments Monday in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, county fire officials said.

The east-west route in the park - Big Oak Flat Road, or California 120 West, to Crane Flat and Tioga Road, or California 120 East - remains open.

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