California's Gov. Brown: Wildfires Are Evidence Of Changing Climate 'In Real Time'

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the Carr Fire. "You can expect, unfortunately, for that to intensify".

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that fires have become the new normal in California due in large part to the changing weather.

That marked a substantial improvement from the weekend, when the Carr Fire raged mostly unchecked after laying waste to neighborhoods in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (257 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento. The more than 62,000-acre blaze was 39 percent contained this afternoon.

Firefighters in Northern California are making progress tackling a stubborn blaze that has already consumed more than 1,000 homes.

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In those final minutes, unable to get to his wife and their great-grandchildren, Ed Bledsoe was able to get through on the phone. Crews worked throughout the night to reinforce containment lines, but the fire behavior's remained extreme, fire officials said.

There are 18 wildfires now burning in California.

"Fire is a way of life in California".

Although the Ferguson Fire - which is 33 percent contained and has burned about 58,000 acres - has so far not spread to Yosemite, it is keeping parts of the popular park closed through Sunday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Our crews spent the next 24 hours providing structure defense as the fire devastated the Redding area.

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Strong gusts kicking up along the upper ridge lines on Wednesday night were a cause for concern on the fire's rugged western flanks, a few miles from the town of Lewiston, which remained evacuated. It has destroyed almost 1,000 homes and killed six people and is now considered the seventh most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.

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

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

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