California governor pledges any resources needed for fires

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The deadliest of the current wildfires, the Carr Fire, is now the seventh most destructive inferno in California history, state fire officials said.

More than 4,100 firefighting personnel, 366 engines and 17 helicopters are fighting the blaze, which has now burned an area three times the size of Redding's city limits.

Some 965 dwellings and more than 400 other buildings were reduced to ruins as the blaze is now ranked as the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, according to the CalFire.

As we enter day 5 of the Mendocino Complex fires the blazes continue their steady growth into the dry grasslands and forests of Mendocino and Lake counties, but substantial progress was made in the fight overnight and containment has grown around both fires, while the number of structures destroyed remains low, and no injuries or fatalities have been reported. In all, some 10,000 people have been warned to flee, fire officials said.

The fire is comprised of the Ranch Fire, which spans 13,000 acres located at Highway CA-20 about 8 miles to the northeast of Ukiah, and the River Fire, which totals 11,000 acres and is located 6 miles north of Hopland, said local fire authorities.

Bailey and others at the shelter said the fire's towering inferno bewildered them.

Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said the intensity of this summer's wildfires is historic.

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.

Large areas of Lake County remain evacuated, as do sections of Mendo near Potter Valley, and between Potter and the Lake County line.

After 19 days of destruction, the Ferguson Fire in central California was only 33% contained Tuesday evening.

Others will provide local fire department station coverage, some will be assigned as initial attack resources for new fire starts and others will pre-position in anticipation of the next round of lightning forecasted for California. The state spent a record $758 million previous year.

A relative identified one of the victims as Daniel Bush, 62.

Gaston said her brother had wanted to stay in his own home, but he had spotty cell service and, with the power out, he might not have gotten word of the fire. Hundreds were evacuated from the Cranston Fire in Riverside County east of Los Angeles last week.

Allen says crews prepare for the long haul. Park officials had hoped to reopen Friday. The closure began July 25.

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