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

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- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

At a separate news conference on Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown said the Carr Fire typified a "new normal" authorities are encountering, as large, extremely intense and swiftly spreading wildfires occur more often over a longer fire season.

The largest of them, the Carr Fire north of Sacramento near the city of Redding, has burned for more than a week and engulfed almost 190 square miles. Almost 10 days after it started near Highway 299 west of Redding, the fire is only 35 percent contained. "We are part of that process", he said. The deaths of two bulldozer operators battling California wildfires in July highlighted the dangers confronting these less visible firefighters.

Having scorched more than 121,000 acres (48,967 hectares), an area larger than New Orleans, the blaze was the biggest of 16 major wildfires burning throughout California and the most formidable of more than 90 across 13 Western states from Texas to Alaska.

"Over a decade or so, we're going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it", said Gov.

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

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"Fire is a way of life in California".

"The need to protect these requiring more firefighters, more resources all the time", Pimlott said.

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

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

More than 1,000 families have lost their homes, their prized possessions.

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

In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 photo, bulldozers operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, Calif. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained". The Associated Press says at least three new ones erupted Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada region.

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