San Jose crews help battle massive Mendocino Complex, Carr fires

San Jose crews help battle massive Mendocino Complex, Carr fires

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore, who lost his own home in the fire, said social workers and clergy would be on hand to lend support to distressed residents.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, enormous tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said. Jerry Brown told reporters. "We're in uncharted territory".

A firefighter runs while trying to save a home as a wildfire tears through Lakeport, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", he said. Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday. For our Shasta and Trinity County family, that time is now.

In another sign the crisis in Redding was ebbing, law enforcement officials said the last four people reported as missing among a list of 20 whose names were published on Tuesday were located safe and sound on Wednesday.

The newspaper reports that, "Winds from the west are pushing the fire along, sending smoke into Yuba City and Marysville, but by late Tuesday fire officials said the blaze was 40 percent contained".

Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes this week but the blaze continues to burn and has scorched 180 square miles (470 square kilometers).

The Ranch and River fires, collectively called the Mendocino Complex, are blazing in and near the southeast corner of the Mendocino National Forest, northwest of Sacramento.

The Eel Fire is a new problem for Mendocino, which is already battling the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning in Mendocino and Lake counties. They burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

More than 4,000 fire personnel are battling the flames, but triple-digit heat, shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain are working against them, officials said.

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