Fire Whirl In Carr Fire Equal To EF-3 Tornado

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"Grass Valley firefighters found a dish and provided the two newfound friends with fresh water", Grass Valley Fire Fire Chief Mark Buttron wrote in an online post.

Bulldozer operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, California on July 31.

Strong gusts began kicking up again on Wednesday night across upper ridge lines of the fire's mountainous western flank, where the blaze, sparked by a vehicle malfunction on 23 July, was still burning largely unchecked.

Another major blaze known as the Ferguson Fire broke out near the popular Yosemite National Park nearly three weeks ago, on July 13, and was only 39 percent contained by Thursday, officials said.

Cal Fire's public information office Jonathan Cox said the California fires were larger in scale and burning at speeds previously unseen.

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Air tankers have been dropping fire retardant on two wildfires in Northern California to help try and stop them spreading any further.

The Carr fire, the largest fire now burning in California, grew to 125,842 acres overnight and remained 35% contained as of Thursday morning.

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There have been more than 1,546 structures destroyed in Redding and the surrounding area with 121,000 acres scorched by the blaze.

Firefighters are gaining steady ground on the Carr Fire, which has forced the evacuation of some 38,000 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.

"We're going to have more fire, more destructive fire, [and] more billions that will have to be spent on it", Governor Brown said.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said.

Tens of thousands of people across California are waiting to return home or assess what remains of their homes after the fires.

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

A 160-square-kilometre fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders Wednesday for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents. Crews are mopping up burned areas on the southern end of the fire.