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The White House has approved a disaster declaration for Shasta County, California, where officials say the massive Carr Fire has killed seven people and is continuing to burn through homes and property.

Pacific Gas and Electric spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin says the worker sustained fatal injuries in a vehicle-related accident Saturday on the western edge of the Carr fire in Shasta County.

The fire near Redding, which killed six people and incinerated 1,067 homes, started two weeks ago with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said.

Two other fires called the Mendocino Complex are burning about 90 miles north of San Francisco.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which uses acres to describe fire size, said the blaze had blackened almost 206 square miles (533 square kilometers).

This year, California wildfires have burned more land earlier in the "fire season" than usual, said Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, during a news conference on Saturday.

Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado. More than 1,000 homes have been razed and 9,000 residents remain evacuated from their homes, he said.

More residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as tired firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds.

"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.

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". Another spokesperson for Cal Fire told the Los Angeles Times "there have been no issues getting water" from the major reservoirs near those areas. That total - 153,738 - outstrips the Carr Fire near Redding by more than 20,000 acres.

The Mendocino is one of 17 major wildfires burning across California that prompted US President Donald Trump on Sunday to declare a "major disaster" in the state, ordering federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 108 eastbound at Eagle Meadow Road and westbound at Dardanelle Resort on Saturday because of the fast-growing fire, which is burning in steep and rough terrain in the Stanislaus National Forest. The largest of the two fires was 50 percent contained. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.

The larger one, the Ranch Fire, has consumed more than 207,000 acres, majority in the Mendocino National Forest.


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