Gov. Brown: Fires are Now Part of the ‘Ordinary Experience’ for Californians


Six people were killed in the Carr Fire, including two firefighters, two children who perished with their grandmother in a house that burned, and a man who defied an evacuation order to stay put in another home that was consumed by the fire.

With a red flag warning posted for this evening through Saturday, firefighters are continuing to be challenged by the Carr Fire, which now stands at 125,842 acres and remains at 35 percent containment.

Redding Police on Tuesday asked for help from the public locating four people who are still missing.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday in Lakeport.

Residents returning home Wednesday said they were nervous about what they will find. That fire is about 40 miles north of the Mendocino Complex Fires.

Tuesday it was 104 degrees in Covelo when the fire was reported, coupled with extremely low, eight percent humidity, "which is absolutely explosive (for) fire growth", Gonzalez said. They also echo the frustration of many on the front lines battling the blazes.

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With more than 20 active fires small and very large tearing across the state, California Gov.

The Eel Fire became the third wildfire in Mendocino County to take off, joining the Mendocino Complex Fires - the names given to the River and Ranch fires that are burning elsewhere in that county - and the Carr Fire that has ravaged Shasta County.

Mr Veverka, 34, said: "Right now, it's pretty much guaranteed we'll go from fire to fire to fire, until everything is out".

High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, officials said.

"This is serious", Brown said. Jerry Brown warned today that "nature is powerful, and we're not on the side of nature", and that devastating blazes are "the new normal".