Crews battling deadly California wildfire slowed by returning winds

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The fire, which started July 23 in Shasta County, continues burning and has destroyed almost 1,000 homes.

With a red flag warning posted for this evening through Saturday, firefighters are continuing to be challenged by the Carr Fire, which now stands at 125,842 acres and remains at 35 percent containment. The fire is progressing into the town of Lewiston, Cal Fire spokesman Gabe Lauderdale said in a press video Wednesday morning.

Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled metal and piles of bricks after a massive Northern California wildfire leveled more than 1,000 homes.

Some of the 40,000 residents who were forced to flee as the Carr Fire approached say they did not get any notification ahead of time, according to Sam Harnett, a reporter with member station KQED in San Francisco.

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Relief crews came from other areas to Redding on Wednesday so firefighters could be together and grieve the death of colleague Jeremy Stoke, Chief Cullen Kreider said.

More than 4,000 fire personnel are battling the flames, but triple-digit heat, shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain are working against them, officials said. Of the 20 people reported missing as of Monday, all have now been accounted for.

"We're in for a really rough ride, and it's going to get expensive, it's going to get unsafe", Brown said.

Bulldozer operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, California on July 31.

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As many as 14,600 residents have been evacuated, fire officials said, and more than 12,000 structures are threatened.

Two people have been killed, but no houses have been damaged or destroyed, fire officials said.

Firefighters were extremely busy Tuesday in that wildland-urban interface as the fire raced through the populated areas.

Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 11:46 p.m. PDT July 31, 2018.

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"Unhealthful air and ongoing firefighting operations have closed Yosemite Valley, the Wawona area, two groves of giant sequoia trees, and Hetch Hetchy, an announcement said Tuesday".

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