Devastating wildfires a "new normal" for California, Gov. Jerry Brown says

Devastating wildfires a

Devastating wildfires a "new normal" for California, Gov. Jerry Brown says

"You can expect, unfortunately, that to keep intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday. That denoted a significant change from the end of the week, when the Carr Fire seethed for the most part unchecked in the wake of pulverizing neighborhoods in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 individuals around 257 km north of the state capitol, Sacramento.

Firefighters all across the Bay Area continue to help out with the wildfires burning in California, with many being sent out to the front lines of the Carr and the Mendocino Complex fires.

Satellite footage released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows how wildfires grew across California over the week of July 24 - 30.

"Fire is a way of life in California".

Brown added: "I would suspect there will be more fires to come, and more fires each year for a very long time because it's going to be a while before we shift the weather back to where it historically was".

The Mendocino Complex Fire is a combined 80,408 acres as of Tuesday night, and is made up of the Ranch and River fires.

The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning auto on July 23. To date, the fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 homes and other structures.

Unlike the Carr Fire, authorities don't know what started the Ferguson Fire, which has now engulfed almost 63,000 acres.

Meanwhile, at least three new fires erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region, including a blaze in Placer County that had consumed 405 hectares of land.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation warning around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

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

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