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“We’re advised that the fire was threatening structures,” Mendocino County Undersheriff Matthew Kendall said

Fred Greaves Reuters “We’re advised that the fire was threatening structures,” Mendocino County Undersheriff Matthew Kendall said

Fire officials lifted some evacuation orders Wednesday. "Throughout the day crews will continue to mitigate spot fire potential across control lines", it said.

The River Fire is 35,278 acres and 50 percent contained. "If it does continue, then everybody in the state will be working hard and we're bringing in resources from outside the state", Matlow said.

The current USA fire season has been exacerbated by excessively dry and hot weather conditions, resulting in intense fire fronts and dangerously low percentages of fire containment.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101. The two fires have burned a total of 110,168 acres - 74,890 on the Ranch Fire and 35,278 on the River Fire, according to the numbers released by CAL FIRE Monday morning.

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

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

At a state Office of Emergency Services press conference today, Brown said firefighters would have to adapt to increasingly severe wildfires in the years to come because of climate change.

"Grass Valley firefighters found a dish and provided the two newfound friends with fresh water", Grass Valley Fire Fire Chief Mark Buttron wrote in an online post.

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"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Mr Cox said.

Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand flew out of Sydney on Friday on a mission to relieve exhausted crews battling deadly wildfires sweeping the northwest of the United States.

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

Fire officials said such blazes had been fuelled by several years of drought-dessicated vegetation, and stoked by frequent and persistent bouts of erratic winds and triple-digit temperatures.

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