North part of Mendocino Complex of Fires was very active Wednesday

Glen Norman
August 3, 2018

A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday. The Ranch Fire - the larger of the two - is 15 percent contained while the Ranch Fire is 50 percent.

"People are doing everything they can, but nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature", Brown said. "For instance, a year ago we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.

The Carr Fire near Redding has reached 121,000 acres and is just 35 percent contained.

The blaze in the Redding area, 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco, is the largest of 18 wildfires burning throughout California.

Law enforcement officials said the last four people reported as missing were found safe on Wednesday.

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

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

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 July 23, was burning largely unchecked.

Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres.

More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida.

Rising temperatures cause an earlier melting of accumulated snowpack, Diffenbaugh said; those conditions mean that when the fire season approaches temperatures are now higher than usual and the ground is often dryer than usual.

The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers).

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