Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California

Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California

Thousands of firefighters struggle to contain giant blazes in California

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening.

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

And here's a new couple to coo over, courtesy of the Grass Valley Fire Service in the Californian city of Sacramento, who were working to tame fires raging in the suburb of Redding yesterday.

"Over a decade or so, we're going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it", said Gov. Brown said the state will spend whatever it takes to fight wildfires ravaging California that have wiped out more than 1,000 homes and killed multiple people. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass.

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

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide.

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California governor Jerry Brown said the wildfire season was the "new normal" for the state.

In the last two weeks, wildfires have claimed the lives of four firefighters and eight civilians.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning vehicle on July 23.

Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, fire officials said. The warning, covering the fire's entire burn area, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be in effect 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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