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Winds hinder efforts to tackle California wildfire

Winds hinder efforts to tackle California wildfire

The Nevada County strike team, composed of engines from Ophir Hill Fire, Peardale Chicago Park Fire, Higgins Fire, Nevada County Consolidated Fire and Nevada City Fire is now assigned to the Mendocino Complex.

A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire burning in Lakeport in California. "For instance, previous year we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said.

More than 4,200 firefighters have been deployed to battle the conflagration but they have only succeeded in containing 35 percent of it so far.

Strong gusts kicking up along the upper ridge lines on Wednesday night were a cause for concern on the fire's rugged western flanks, a few miles from the town of Lewiston, which remained evacuated.

"A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly", the weather service warned.

MOBILE USERS: If you're having trouble viewing the map, use this direct link. The Carr Fire in Redding killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, making it the sixth most destructive fire in California history.

After almost a week of burning through Northern California, the Carr fire is already one of the biggest blazes in California's history. "If it does continue, then everybody in the state will be working hard and we're bringing in resources from outside the state", Matlow said.

Smoke rises above Clear Lake as the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) burns near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 1, 2018.

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.

Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region.

Of the 20 people reported missing as of Monday, all have now been accounted for.

Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, fire officials said.