California asks Trump for wildfire aid

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"The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters, so I'm hopeful", said Brown, a Democrat.

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".

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the wildfires hitting California are "being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".

The National Park Service says that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely because of growing fires in areas near and on the park.

The fire, which is almost twice the size of Sacramento, was only partially contained after more than a week. "These fires were, and will continue to be, extremely traumatic", he said. It has so far killed a firefighter, bulldozer operator, and a grandmother with her two grandchildren, and two others.

A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday.

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The Ranch Fire is 156,678 acres and 27 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Yosemite Valley residents must leave the valley by noon Friday, National Park Service officials said.

The Carr Fire was one of eight large wildfires burning in the state and 93 burning in the United States, mostly in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The fires, north of San Francisco, have burned 75 homes and is only 30 percent contained.

The NWS issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region could bring wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour that could turn small fires or even sparks into racing walls of flames. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in Lake County from 11 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday due to gusty winds and low humidity in fire weather zones. New mandatory evacuation orders were issued Fiday for residents living near the Mendocino Complex Fires.

The Mendocino Complex Fire continues to threaten homes, and force evacuations.

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Those figures, along with the fact that large fires are starting earlier in the year, has state officials anxious.

The cause of the deadly Carr fire has been revealed as a flat tire on a towed trailer.

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

Blankenheim said crews face "extreme fire behavior" near Stonyford in Colusa County, with 40 miles of open fire line extending northwest into the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber.

Dykema said wildfires typically create whirls, but rarely of the strength of the one recorded July 26.

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Dykema said the whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from home.

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