Firefighters outflank California blaze, last four missing found alive

In pictures: California wildfires rage on

In pictures: California wildfires rage on

The fire was burning in federal forest land and a handful of residents in the area were warned Tuesday night to evacuate, said Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney. The Ferguson Fire, which has burned 63,798 acres, is 39 percent contained.

Aided for a third straight day by diminished winds, ground crews extended buffer lines carved out of thick, dry brush along the fire's edge to 35% of its perimeter, with partial containment lines continuing even farther, officials said.

"We are making headway and we are feeling optimistic if we can just get a change in the weather", said Cal Fire spokesperson Sean Kavanaugh. It is only 35 percent contained.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.

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More than 100 large wildfires were burning across 13 Western states, having consumed more than 1.4 million, according to the National Interagency Fire Centre.

Officials say 20 people who had been reporting missing in California's devastating wildfires are now accounted for.

This could lead to "dangerous and rapid irregular spreading of a large wildfire", the service said in an advisory.

Numerous fire personnel were being sent from out of state.

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Blistering heat, shifting winds, steep terrain and plentiful dried growth continued to challenge more than 4,000 firefighters battling the Carr Fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters.

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.

A 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) fire near Yosemite National Park prompted evacuation orders for the community of Wawona inside the park, which has fewer than 200 residents.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters on the California wildfires and other matters at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services' operations center near Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

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