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MAPS: Wildfires burning across California.

Firefighters by Saturday night had managed to contain 41 percent of the Carr blaze, measured at 145,000 acres (58,680 hectares), and authorities were allowing some evacuees to return, Cal Fire said. They have forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 residents and destroyed more than 100 structures.

Nearly 3,500 personnel, alongside 419 fire engines and 15 helicopters, have taken part of the firefighting efforts.

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

"Fire season is really just beginning", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection chief Ken Pimlott.

In the Redding area, where the Carr Fire has killed six people, including two firefighters, winds of 25 miles (40 km) per hour, temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius) and extremely low humidity were in the forecast from Thursday evening until Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

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

PG&E Corporation confirmed yesterday that 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, died when his vehicle crashed in western Shasta County as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain to battle the almost two-week-old Carr Fire.

As an army of firefighters battled 17 large wildfires burning across California, the focus on Saturday was a pair of blazes burning on either side of Clear Lake, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Traffic passes through heavy smoke from the River Fire at sunset as it threatens the town of Lakeport Calif. Aug. 3 2018
Traffic passes through heavy smoke from the River Fire at sunset as it threatens the town of Lakeport Calif. Aug. 3 2018

CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires.

But tens of thousands of others were still under evacuation orders.

The Red Flag fire weather warning remains in force in areas of California where early season wildfires have sprung up and are expanding.

Lake County Sheriff Corey Paulich said in a press release Saturday that Deputies were dispatched to the Bartlett Springs Road area when three men were being hostile toward fire engine crews.

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.

It has destroyed more than 1,550 structures in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (260 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.

A firefighter walks around a swimming pool sprayed by phos-chek fire retardant after an air tanker made a pass while fighting a wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. The largest of the two fires was 50 percent contained. Varney's radio wasn't communicating with headquarters, so his assistant relayed messages - until they lost contact.

The blaze burned so furiously on July 26 that it created a "fire whirl".

The report says his death highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision.

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