Wildfires are chasing more people from their homes in Lake and Mendocino Counties Sunday. Farther north firefighters made progress in a battle against a deadly blaze there.
Crews stretched to their limits across the state are fighting flames that have claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians.
Residents of the waterfront town Lakeport fled Sunday after a major flare-up of two fires that combined across Mendocino and Lake counties destroyed at least four homes. Lakeport, is home to about 5,000. The Mendocino complex fire has burned 30,000 acres and is estimated to be ten percent contained.
To the northeast, a massive fire near Redding slowed for the first time since days of explosive growth.
Meanwhile officials said a second firefighter died fighting a huge blaze to the south near Yosemite National Park.