Crews battling California wildfires face extreme conditions

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The Mendocino Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday night evacuees who need shelter could check in at the Covelo Fire Station.

"Whatever resources are needed, we're putting them there", said Governor Jerry Brown. Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 64,000 acres (258 square kilometers) and is only 39 percent contained.

The Carr Fire in Redding killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, making it the sixth most destructive fire in California history. The deaths of two bulldozer operators battling California wildfires in July highlighted the dangers confronting these less visible firefighters.

Sixteen of the largest wildfires burning in California have scorched 320,000 acres, authorities said Wednesday - an area larger than the entire city of Los Angeles.

"Fire is a way of life in California". Since then, it has destroyed more than 1,018 homes.

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Even as firefighters start to turn back some fires, others suddenly spring up. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

In another sign the crisis in Redding was ebbing, law enforcement officials said the last four people reported as missing among a list of 20 whose names were published on Tuesday were located safe and sound on Wednesday. The Associated Press says at least three new ones erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Lakeport, Calif. Evacuation orders remained in effect Tuesday for the town of Lakeport, the county seat, along with some smaller communities and a section of the Mendocino National Forest.

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