Carr Fire grows to 89,194 acres; Mendocino Complex at 5 percent containment

A firefighter walks near flames from the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A firefighter walks near flames from the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Carr Fire in Shasta County grew to 89,194 acres as of 8 a.m. this morning, up from about 80,000 acres Saturday.

Containment still remains at 5 percent, according to Cal Fire.

The fire which began on July 23 has killed two fire personnel and three civilians — two young children, ages 4 and 5, and their 70-year-old great-grandmother.

Another 17 structures were reported destroyed since Saturday morning, with 517 structures destroyed, another 135 damaged and about 5,012 other structures threatened, according to Cal Fire. A count by The Associated Press found at least 300 of those structures were homes.

Tens of thousands of residents in Redding and nearby communities have evacuated.

“Extreme fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters last night,” Cal Fire reported this morning on its Incident Information website. “Erratic winds and hot dry conditions resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior during night operations. Red Flag Warning and heat advisory are in effect for the area throughout Monday. Winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation still have the potential to fuel fire growth.”

More information on evacuation orders and road closures can be found on Cal Fire’s website or Cal Fire’s Carr Fire Information Line at 530-225-2510.

U.S. Veterans Affairs NorCal is evaluating whether it will open its Redding Outpatient Clinic on Monday morning, according to Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System chief of public affairs Will Martin. Updates can be found on the Veterans Affairs website at www.northerncalifornia.va.gov

Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta County last week and has requested President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an emergency declaration for further assistance. Brown also declared a state of emergency for Mendocino, Napa and Lake counties for other fires.

About 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Redding, two blazes prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County. The two fires, burning 30 miles (50 kilometers) apart, started Friday and were threatening more than 350 buildings. The Mendocino Complex burning about 8 miles northeast of Ukiah remained at 13,242 acres and is 5 percent contained as of the latest update this morning. The River Fire in Mendocino County near Hopland was at 11,028 acres and 5 percent containment as of this morning.

“Firefighters continue to battle the River and Ranch fires,” Cal Fire stated in an incident update. “Crews worked throughout the night to reinforce containment lines. Weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighters as hot, dry and windy conditions persist. A lack of available suppression and overhead personnel will also slow the firefighting efforts.”

Authorities also issued evacuation orders in Napa County, famous for its wine, when several structures caught fire, the Napa Valley Register reported. The blaze had blackened 150 acres and was at 10 percent containment.

Throughout the state, Cal Fire officials said more than 10,000 firefighters were on the line, making progress on 14 large wildfires.

Big fires also continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs. Those fires had burned nearly 100 square miles (260 square kilometers).

Tri Counties Bank has set up a GoFundMe campaign to aid victims of the fires, which can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/tcb-2018-carr-fire-fund

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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