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Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

03 August 2018

"Every year is teaching the fire authorities new lessons". It is only 35 percent contained.

That marked a substantial improvement from the weekend, when the Carr Fire raged mostly unchecked after laying waste to neighbourhoods in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (257km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the flames, which have raged for 11 days so far.

California is prone to wildfires.

The Carr fire, the largest fire now burning in California, grew to 125,842 acres overnight and remained 35% contained as of Thursday morning.

Approximately 90 large fires are now being fought in 14 states and nearly 400,000 hectares of ground has been lost.

A total of six people have died as a result of the blaze, two of which were firefighters.

The inferno swiftly engulfed everything in its path as residents fled for their lives, many with only their pets and a few belongings. People missing in Shasta County's Carr Fire " Nobody in the fire service, no single agency can cover all the emergencies in their area.

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A helicopter carries water to drop on an advancing wildfire near Finley, California.

"A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly", the weather service warned.

In and around Redding to the north, some evacuees were allowed to return to neighborhoods where more than 1,000 homes were torched. Jerry Brown. "All that is the new normal that we will have to face".

July was a devastating month for California, and the state has already spent more than a quarter of its firefighting budget for the entire season.

"In past decades, we may have seen fires like we are seeing now in August or September", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.

Fire officials say they made great strides on containment Tuesday night.

USA geoscientist Noah Diffenbaugh, who specialises in the link betweem extreme weather and climate, told United States media that global warming was a contributing factor to the duration and severity of the fire season. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior".

Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP