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North part of Mendocino Complex of Fires was very active Wednesday

North part of Mendocino Complex of Fires was very active Wednesday

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties had burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

Dubbed the Eel fire, it started about 3:30 p.m.in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

Thousands of firefighters were struggling Thursday to contain two vast wildfires in California, one of which has become one of the most destructive blazes in the state's history.

Failure to hold that line would put the evacuated town of Lewiston, just three miles to the west, in harm's way, the spokesman at CalFire added.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

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.

"We recognise that as people enter back into their neighbourhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbours that have lost homes", Moore said.

Numerous fire personnel were being sent from out of state.

"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.

- The forward spread of the so-called Western Fire in Mendocino County has been stopped and is 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials tweeted Wednesday evening.

The state is ablaze with more than a dozen wildfires.

With more than 20 active fires small and very large tearing across the state, California Gov. "I see there's a few statuaries in the backyard that maybe we can save".

On Thursday, a special contingent of 100 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand took off from Sydney en route to USA assignments reinforcing exhausted fire crews in northern California, Oregon and Washington state. It has torn through Shasta County since July 23, killed six people and destroyed over 1,000 homes. High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, officials said. Brown said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass. Jerry Brown. "All that is the new normal that we will have to face".

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