Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

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

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"Last night, firefighters made good progress on increasing containment on the River and Ranch fires", said Ron Myers, a deputy incident commander with Cal Fire.

He told Buzzfeed News he recorded the footage as he fled the fire with his father and two teenage sons.

Tuesday it was 104 degrees in Covelo when the fire was reported, coupled with extremely low, eight percent humidity, "which is absolutely explosive (for) fire growth", Gonzalez said.

Fire officials say a massive blaze in Northern California that has killed six people and torched more than 1,000 homes grew overnight, fueled by wind.

A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire burning in Lakeport in California.

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California is prone to wildfires. The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County has grown over 115,000 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Approximately 90 large fires are now being fought in 14 states and nearly 400,000 hectares of ground has been lost.

Of the firefighting force of 12,000 on the ground, around 3000 are prison inmates deployed as part of the Conservation Camps program which is jointly managed by CalFire and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

We'll leave you with a few more photos.

Firefighters were fighting to keep flames from spilling over a ridge dividing Shasta and Trinity counties.

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The Carr Fire is one of 17 big fires burning throughout the state. Gov.

The Carr fire began off the back of a vehicle fault, with nearby forestland catching fire quickly given the conditions.

CalFire director Ken Pimlott said more than 32,000 remained displaced by various fires up and down the state.

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown warned Californians the threat of wildfires is now the "new normal", and said the disasters will likely get more destructive and expensive in the future.

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference.

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Brown said that only a month into the current budget year California has already spent $125 million, a quarter of its fire budget.

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