Satellite Footage Shows Rapid Growth of the Deadly Californian Wildfires

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

The Carr Fire, which has burned 121,000 acres and left six people dead, is now considered the sixth most destructive fire in California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

In and around Redding to the north, some evacuees were allowed to return to neighborhoods where more than 1,000 homes were torched.

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched more than 125,800 acres (50,900 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region.

Relief crews came from other areas to Redding on Wednesday so firefighters could be together and grieve the death of colleague Jeremy Stoke, Chief Cullen Kreider said.

A huge problem facing firefighters is that the flames are largely burning in steep, inaccessible terrain.

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. Together the fires have burned almost 95,000 acres and are 24% contained.

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California wildfires scorch an area the size of Los Angeles

At least seven buildings have been destroyed by the Mendocino Complex Fire, and another 12,200 are threatened.

In the past several days, smoke from the California wildfires has stretched all the way to Oklahoma.

Having torched more than 121,000 sections of land, a territory bigger than New Orleans, the blast was the greatest of 16 noteworthy rapidly spreading fires throughout California and the most impressive of more than 90 crosswise over 13 Western states from Texas to Alaska.

As of last week, the state has spent a quarter of its annual emergency budget on battling the fires. "You can expect, unfortunately, for that to intensify".

Brown's remarks reflect a growing body of evidence and scientific opinion that supports a link between warmer temperatures due to climate change and more fires of greater intensity that occur for more months out of the year. "We are part of that process", he 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.

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