Extreme Conditions Expected as Firefighters Battle California Blazes


Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, vast tracts of forest, shrub and grassland have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

Chief Buttron said the animals survived what could be one of the state's most destructive fire of the year, which has burned more than 11,000 acres in its path.

California governor Jerry Brown said the wildfire season was the "new normal" for the state. "We're in uncharted territory".

As fire crews continue to battle more than a dozen wildfires across California, officials are anxious about the impact these disasters will have on the state's economy. "We're part of that process of the Mediterranean climate that is being impacted by the changing weather".

The fire has killed six people, including two firefighters, and destroyed 1,060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including businesses, barns and warehouses, officials said.

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.

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Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for. "They had just been released from the (Mendocino Complex) and were heading to their hotel when they were dispatched to the Vichy Fire, and another Strike Team engine pulled up after them".

"Fire is a way of life in California". Media personnel on scene said the fire was especially intense near Dessie Drive and Hendricks Road.

Beginning on Wednesday at 4 p.m., going through Thursday night, tune in live to Action News Now to help support Carr Fire victims and help support United Way and the Carr Fire Relief Fund. This is happening about 200 miles north of San Francsico.

Meanwhile, 32,000 residents are still evacuated from the fires and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

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

Josh Lister and his family lost their home and belongings after the fire swept through Redding, a city of nearly 100,000 people. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.