Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

"For instance, previous year we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said. We're in new normal... "We're in uncharted territory".

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", he said.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said.

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

The fire, which started July 23 in Shasta County, continues burning and has destroyed almost 1,000 homes.

Thousands more remain evacuated because of the blaze ignited July 23 by a spark from a steel wheel rim on a trailer towed with a flat tire.

Law enforcement officials said the last four people reported as missing among a list of 20 whose names were published on Tuesday were located safe on Wednesday. They'll not only be battling the fire, but shifting winds and hilly terrain.

"Fire is a way of life in California".

Carr Fire California wildfires
California wildfires scorch an area the size of Los Angeles

More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida.

The Carr Fire had grown into the 6th most destructive fire in state history surpassing the 2017 Nuns Fire in Sonoma County.

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state.

North of San Francisco, residents from about 60 homes were evacuated as a fire near the Mendocino National Forest erupted late Tuesday.

Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties.

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

The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers).

In a marked shift from last weekend, when numerous fires were out of control and as little as five per cent contained, crews battling the key fire fronts are now reporting containment as high as 35 per cent, and in some cases, 50 per cent containment. Yosemite National Park's treasured Yosemite Valley, which has been closed since July 25, was among several areas of the park that won't reopen until at least Sunday because of heavy smoke from the Ferguson Fire.

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