Cat, chicken found ‘huddled together’ as wildfire burns California neighborhood

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As fire crews continue to battle more than a dozen wildfires across California, officials are anxious about the impact these disasters will have on the state's economy.

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 percent of its perimeter, with partial containment lines continuing even farther, officials said. It has destroyed almost 1,000 homes and killed six people and is now considered the seventh most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) commanders said on Wednesday the fire, sparked by a vehicle on July 23, was burning with less intensity this week and posed little immediate threat to populated areas. Get the full story in the video above.

In the meantime, emergency officials say all Californians need to be prepared for the possibility of a fire sparking in their neighborhood. Jerry Brown. "All that is the new normal that we will have to face".

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

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Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park have been closed to tourists since July 25 because of heavy smoke from the fire, which has burned almost 26,000 hectares and is only 39 per cent contained.

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.

Unlike the Carr Fire, authorities don't know what started the Ferguson Fire, which has now engulfed almost 63,000 acres. "You can expect, unfortunately, that to keep intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest".

Brown added: "I would suspect there will be more fires to come, and more fires each year for a very long time because it's going to be a while before we shift the weather back to where it historically was". "We are part of that process", he said.

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.

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