Cat, chicken found ‘huddled together’ as wildfire burns California neighborhood

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Currently, almost 13,000 firefighters were on the lines of 16 large wildfires Wednesday burning across California.

Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties, affecting 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

"The wind isn't as strong as it was a week ago", Cal Fire's John Clingingsmith said. "The predictions that things would get drier and hotter are occurring".

Six people have died in this blaze, including three members of the same family. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday that this very busy fire season is "the new normal".

The fire was still active in certain spots in the afternoon, but was not running toward communities, Cal Fire's Steve Moore said.

"Repopulation is the theme", Gouvea said.

"We are starting to see more successes than losses on this fire", Gouvea said.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

For more emergency alerts, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is using their Facebook page.

Josh Lister and his family lost their home and belongings after the fire swept through Redding, a city of nearly 100,000 people.

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched more than 125,800 acres (50,900 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region. Roughly 15,000 residents have been evacuated.

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Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.

The east-west route in the park - Big Oak Flat Road, or California 120 West, to Crane Flat and Tioga Road, or California 120 East - remains open.

Relief crews came from other areas to Redding on Wednesday so firefighters could be together and grieve the death of colleague Jeremy Stoke, Chief Cullen Kreider said.

Watch an aerial video of the California fires. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres. Together the fires have burned almost 95,000 acres and are 24% contained.

An air tanker drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 1, 2018.

In the past several days, smoke from the California wildfires has stretched all the way to Oklahoma.

The wildfire is now the seventh most destructive wildfire in California history.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

"We had a lot of equipment on it last night", Gonzalez said.

Brown's remarks reflect a growing body of evidence and scientific opinion that supports a link between warmer temperatures due to climate change and more fires of greater intensity that occur for more months out of the year.

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