Winds hinder efforts to tackle California wildfire

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Evacuation warnings are now in place for western Colusa County. The feline and hen were found Saturday huddling together on the front porch of a home in Redding during a firefighters' patrol through a fire-damaged neighborhood.

Weather conditions are doing nothing to aid firefighters in tackling the blaze, as fierce winds fan the flames further.

The northernmost of the two fires in the Mendocino Complex east of Ukiah, California, the Ranch Fire, was very active late in the day on Wednesday, running for at least five miles to the southeast according to the very reliable information from a mapping aircraft at 11:10 p.m.

"We recognise that as people enter back into their neighbourhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbours that have lost homes", Moore said. "It takes a toll on people". Crews "still have quite a bit of work to do" to shore up containment lines, he said. The causes of the fires is still unknown.

The new orders expand the area under mandatory evacuation to west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, north of Clear Lake including the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, WitterSprings, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, Saratoga Springs.

The two blazes were moving toward each other physically and may combine into one massive blaze that has already burned through more than 110,168 acres, destroyed 12 homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

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The fire in the Redding area, 225 miles north of San Francisco, is the largest of 18 wildfires through the state of California, scorching 126,000 acres since July 23, which it was triggered by the "mechanical failure of a vehicle", according to authorities.

California firefighters made a surprising discovery as they were helping residents deal with the aftermath of the deadly Carr wildfire that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Numerous fire personnel were being sent from out of 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. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass.

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