Firefighters outflank California blaze, last four missing found alive

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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenkoannounced Wednesday afternoon that the last person reported missing in the aftermath of the Carr fire - Bruce Brown of Old Shasta- has been located, and is safe.

"You can expect that - unfortunately - to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest". "If it does continue, then everybody in the state will be working hard and we're bringing in resources from outside the state", Matlow said.

"For instance, a year ago we had the floods so we brought lots of resources from the outside", San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow said. Jerry Brown said at a news conference Wednesday.

Brown's remarks reflect a growing body of evidence and scientific opinion that supports a link between warmer temperatures due to climate change and more fires of greater intensity that occur for more months out of the year. More than 12,000 firefighters and even 3,000 prisons inmates are locked in a pitched battle against the blazes.

"Fire is a way of life in California".

The growing fire already had forced Cal Fire to issue new mandatory evacuation orders for residents living along the western shore of Clear Lake.

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

The River Fire started Friday and crept within one mile of the Lakeport city limits.

Meanwhile, 32,000 residents are still evacuated from the fires and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

Along with a bulldozer contract employee and a Redding firefighter killed in the Carr Fire, the captain of a wildland hotshots team and a Cal Fire heavy equipment operator have been killed in the Ferguson fire burning near Yosemite in Mariposa County. It is only 35 percent contained.

The 11-day-old Carr Fire, which has scorched almost 127,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, remains the largest and most fearsome of 18 significant wildfires burning across California and more than 100 nationwide. The nearby Ranch Fire also broke out Friday and has burned almost 75,000 acres.

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