Jerry Brown: Fire-Fueling Heat Worse Than 'Since Civilization Emerged'

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The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties, which was sparked July 23 by a non-criminal vehicle fire at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road west of Redding, Calif., has burned more than 115,000 acres and was 35 percent contained as of this morning.

To the southwest of the Carr Fire, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the 95,000-acre (38,450-hectare) Medocino Complex, made up of the Ranch and River fires that have destroyed seven homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

In and around Redding to the north, some evacuees were allowed to return to neighborhoods where more than 1,000 homes were torched. Get the full story in the video above.

Watch an aerial video of the California fires.

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. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

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Extreme weather conditions were expected to return on Thursday and could stoke wildfires in California, where thousands of tired firefighters are battling the destructive, deadly blazes.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest. For instance, a year ago we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said. "It's not going away, so we have to learn to live with it", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said Wednesday in an interview, according to The Sacramento Bee.

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.

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.

Even as firefighters start to turn back some fires, others suddenly spring up.

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