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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. Several roads in the area remained closed.

"We're fighting nature with the amount of material we're putting in the environment, and that material traps heat, and the heat fosters fires, and the fires keep burning", he said.

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

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

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state.

After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.


Mercy Medical Center said it was fully operational - even though dozens of employees, physicians or volunteers lost homes in the fire.

Just a month into the budget year, California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler has said.

"In past decades, we may have seen fires like we are seeing now in August or September", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

The head of Florida's Forest Service is coordinating with Cal Fire to send help. It ranks as the sixth most destructive California wildfire on record. The feline and hen were found Saturday huddling together on the front porch of a home in Redding during a firefighters' patrol through a fire-damaged neighborhood.

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.

A 100-square mile fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.


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