Australian firefighters deployed as California bushfires intensify

In pictures: California wildfires rage on

Fire officials lifted some evacuation orders Wednesday.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, stoked by drought-parched vegetation and triple-digit temperatures, is the most fearsome.

"We had a lot of equipment on it last night", Gonzalez said.

The Ranch Fire has grown to 74,890 acres and is 33 percent contained.

The latest fire to erupt Wednesday in the wildfire-stricken county burned 45 acres off of Highway 101 south of Hopland, officials said.

More than 13,000 firefighters are being aided by crews from as far away as Florida, but Brown repeated predictions from fire officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate.

After days of concern over a number of missing individuals, authorities said Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing have now been accounted for.

Those gusts were slowing efforts in the steep, rugged terrain to carve out buffer zones in front of the fire's leading edge, said Gabriel Lauderdale, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

"Grass Valley firefighters found a dish and provided the two newfound friends with fresh water", Grass Valley Fire Fire Chief Mark Buttron wrote in an online post.

The national weather service warned weather conditions could lead to "dangerous and rapid irregular spreading of a large wildfire".

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.

"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.

On Thursday, a special contingent of 100 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand took off from Sydney en route to USA assignments reinforcing exhausted fire crews in northern California, Oregon and Washington state.

Extreme weather conditions are expected to return on Thursday and could stoke wildfires in California where thousands of tired firefighters are battling the destructive and deadly blazes.

Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior".

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