California's Carr Fire 30 Percent Contained As New Blazes Erupt Elsewhere


"I would suspect there will be more fires to come and more fires each year for a very long time", Brown said.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, huge tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

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. "We're in uncharted territory".

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

Brown said the changing climate and weather pattern has put California at odds with Mother Nature.

The Associated Press writes, "The Lake County seat of Lakeport remained under evacuation orders and was a virtual ghost town, although people were allowed back home in several smaller communities as firefighters shored up containment lines".

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found. Almost 10 days after it started near Highway 299 west of Redding, the fire is only 35 percent contained.

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"Fire is a way of life in California".

"Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain, and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters", a state fire update warned Wednesday evening, noting that 56 km/h wind gusts were expected on ridge tops that could whip up the flames.

Sixteen of the largest wildfires burning in California have scorched 320,000 acres, authorities said Wednesday - an area larger than the entire city of Los Angeles.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday in Lakeport.

Between July 26 and July 27, more than 20,000 residents of Redding were ordered to evacuate amid the rapidly-expanding Carr fire.

"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".