Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

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"Unhealthful air and ongoing firefighting operations have closed Yosemite Valley, the Wawona area, two groves of giant sequoia trees, and Hetch Hetchy, an announcement said Tuesday".

Tuesday it was 104 degrees in Covelo when the fire was reported, coupled with extremely low, eight percent humidity, "which is absolutely explosive (for) fire growth", Gonzalez said.

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state. That denoted a significant change from the end of the week, when the Carr Fire seethed for the most part unchecked in the wake of pulverizing neighborhoods in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 individuals around 257 km north of the state capitol, Sacramento.

As per the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) officers, the Carr Fire was started by a vehicle on 23 July. "I see there's a few statuaries in the backyard that maybe we can save".

The causes of both fires were under investigation Thursday morning.

Our crews spent the next 24 hours providing structure defense as the fire devastated the Redding area.

"We recognize that as people enter back into their neighborhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbors that have lost homes", Moore said. "It takes a toll on people".

Carr Fire California wildfires
California wildfires scorch an area the size of Los Angeles

The fire near Covelo prompted evacuation orders for about 60 homes in the farming and ranching area on the edge of the Mendocino National Forest.

There are 4,271 firefighters battling the blaze, as well as 369 fire engines, 69 fire crews, 17 helicopters, 125 bulldozers and 84 water trucks.

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.

"We know one of the most stressful things during a disaster is information", Shasta County Fire Chief Mike Hebrard acknowledged. Jerry Brown and other state officials Wednesday warned California residents to be prepared for larger and more destructive wildfires this year.

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

When asked about the potential for larger fires this summer and fall, Brown said: "I don't have a crystal ball here but I would not be surprised if there were more fires..."

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