Winds hinder efforts to tackle California wildfire


The area was quickly ignited due to tinderbox conditions, and the fire was able to take root immediately.

- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.

"We are making good progress on the fire", CalFire Deputy Chief Bret Gouvea told reporters at a mostly upbeat news briefing in Redding.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said. Failure to hold that line would put the evacuated town of Lewiston, just 3 miles to the west, in harm's way, said Lauderdale at CalFire.

At a separate news conference on Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown said the Carr Fire typified a "new normal" authorities are encountering, as large, extremely intense and swiftly spreading wildfires occur more often over a longer fire season.

The animals had survived one of the most destructive fires in memory finding comfort in each other in the doorway of a home.

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Over 4,200 personnel assigned to the blaze have carved containment lines around 35 percent of the perimeter of the blaze. The fire has killed six people in Shasta County, including two firefighters, and destroyed 1,555 structures.

After some reassurance, Grass Valley firefighters managed to coax the cat and chicken into the carrier where they would be together and safe as they awaited pickup by the SPCA for treatment.

Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled metal and piles of bricks after a massive Northern California wildfire leveled more than 1,000 homes.

A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

Lake County The latest fire map from Cal Fire's Incident website. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, officials said.