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Thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain numerous wildifres in California, where two of their number and four civilians have been killed

The National Weather Service issued warnings for "critical fire weather conditions" through Saturday, Aug. 4.

Scott McLean, another CalFire spokesman, said roughly 40,000 people were under evacuation orders statewide, many from a pair of fires burning close together at the southern end of the Mendocino National Forest.

Brown inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding and the Democratic governor said he was confident the Republican president he has clashed with over immigration and pollution policies would send aid, which Trump did past year when the California's wine country was hit hard. The blazes have burned over 450,000 acres (703 square miles) and damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 structures.

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

The Mendocino Complex is comprised of two wildfires - the Ranch fire and the River fire. The Mendocino Complex fire has scorched 314 square miles (813 square kilometers), making it the 7th largest ever in the state.

Two fires known as the River Fire, near Hopland, and the Ranch Fire, northeast of Ukiah, forced the evacuations.

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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. However, take note: Contrary to a tweet sent out Friday night around 9: p.m., the two fires have not merged.

The Fresno Bee reported Saturday that a 50-vehicle procession carrying the body Brian Hughes drove through the town before the memorial service. Fire officials said another 8,000 homes and other buildings were threatened - down from about 12,000 homes initially threatened as firefighters made progress in some areas even as the blaze expanded in others.

The latest update on the Carr Fire The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties has burned 141,825 acres (222 square miles) and is 41 percent contained.

Jonathan Cox, the Fire Protection Battalion Chief and Information Officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the state has had wildfires before.

The Carr fire burns along Highway 299 between Whiskeytown and Redding, July 28, 2018.

"Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there". He told reporters Wednesday that "nature is very powerful, and we're not on the side of nature". Jerry Brown. "We're being surprised. We're in uncharted territory", said Brown.

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