Support victims of the Carr Fire with the Carr Fire Relief Fund

Support victims of the Carr Fire with the Carr Fire Relief Fund

Support victims of the Carr Fire with the Carr Fire Relief Fund

The fire was burning in federal forest land and a handful of residents in the area were warned Tuesday night to evacuate, said Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, vast tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said. "We're being surprised. Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons".

At a state Office of Emergency Services press conference today, Brown said firefighters would have to adapt to increasingly severe wildfires in the years to come because of climate change. "We're in uncharted territory".

In and around Redding to the north, some evacuees were allowed to return to neighborhoods where more than 1,000 homes were torched.

With so many wildfires burning throughout the state, firefighters and supplies are being pushed to their limits.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said. For our Shasta and Trinity County family, that time is now.

The Carr Fire in Redding killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, making it the sixth most destructive fire in California history.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located. By Wednesday afternoon, containment was at 35 percent.

Watch an aerial video of the California fires.

Overnight, crews faced wind, steep terrain, and dry fuels, CalFire said in a report on Thursday morning.

Currently, almost 13,000 firefighters were on the lines of 16 large wildfires Wednesday burning across California.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday in Lakeport.

Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres.

The Carr Fire has burned through almost 113,000 acres and is now considered 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

"Unhealthful air and ongoing firefighting operations have closed Yosemite Valley, the Wawona area, two groves of giant sequoia trees, and Hetch Hetchy, an announcement said Tuesday".

Dubbed the Eel fire, it started about 3:30 p.m.in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

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