Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, huge tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

Brown added: "I would suspect there will be more fires to come, and more fires each year for a very long time because it's going to be a while before we shift the weather back to where it historically was".

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference. "We're in uncharted territory". It's now ranked as the sixth most destructive wildfire in the state's history after killing six and destroying more than a thousand homes.

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 buildings, according to officials.

More than 27,000 people in and around Redding remain evacuated from their homes.

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

Watch an aerial video of the California fires.

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About nine miles northwest of Yuba City, the Butte Fire has grown to more than 1,500 acres and was moving at a "critical" rate of speed, Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Air tankers have been dropping fire retardant on two wildfires in Northern California to help try and stop them spreading any further.

Fire officials lifted some evacuation orders Wednesday.

A firefighter runs while trying to save a home in Lakeport on Tuesday.

Along with a bulldozer contract employee and a Redding firefighter killed in the Carr Fire, the captain of a wildland hotshots team and a Cal Fire heavy equipment operator have been killed in the Ferguson fire burning near Yosemite in Mariposa County.

Our crews spent the next 24 hours providing structure defense as the fire devastated the Redding area.

Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 11:46 p.m. PDT July 31, 2018.

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