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Insurers paid out more than USD14 billion in insurance claims due to fire damage around the world, nearly entirely due to the October and December events in California.

KQED's Lesley McClurg and Kat Snow reported for NPRthat the fires have had lasting impacts on residents there, "Confronting constant reminders of what fire can do has become a terrifying reality for people who survived last year's flames and are still piecing their lives back together".

More than 14,000 firefighters are now battling 17 major fires burning across California. Another spokesperson for Cal Fire told the Los Angeles Times "there have been no issues getting water" from the major reservoirs near those areas. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained.

A Department of Forestry and Fire Protection preliminary report says each earlier slip alone qualified as a "near miss" warning that the century-old mining trail could collapse.

That blaze has killed two firefighters and five civilians and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

More evacuations were ordered on Saturday afternoon, but no estimate of people involved was released. The three males refused to leave causing the fire crew to divert three VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) passes.

The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident.




To the southwest of the Carr Fire, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the 95,000-acre (38,450-hectare) Medocino Complex, made up of the Ranch and River fires that have destroyed seven homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

"I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now", he said.

Southeast of Redding, a blaze moved deeper into the Mendocino National Forest, "an area with some hunting cabins and some private property but no towns", Lake County Sheriff Lt. Corey Paulich said.

The fire has also razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, making it the sixth most destructive blaze in the history of the fire-prone western state, state officials say.

The Carr Fire spawned a "fire whirl" of flames and winds in excess of 143 miles per hour (230 kph) on July 26 that had the strength of a severe tornado and uprooted trees and toppled power lines, according to a tweet by the National Weather Service.

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl". "What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning".

In the Sierra Nevada, firefighters achieved 41 percent containment of a 115-square-mile (298-square-kilometer) forest fire that has shut down Yosemite Valley and other adjacent portions of Yosemite National Park at what is normally the height of summer tourism.


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