Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire

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It has become the sixth most destructive wildfire in state history.

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). More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said. Failure to hold that line would put the evacuated town of Lewiston, just 3 miles to the west, in harm's way, said Lauderdale at CalFire.

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference.

The fire gets its name from its point of origination at Carr Powerhouse Road, but it has now spread far beyond its first home.

Recent heatwave temperatures in the USA have meant that the country is more prone than ever to forest fires, as more fuels are available to promote growth. They are 24 percent contained.

As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state.

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Six people, including two firefighters, have died and the fire has destroyed 1060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said.

But their battle to save people's lives and homes have come at a cost.

Other fires raging in the state include the Mendocino Complex.

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 buildings, according to officials.

Twin fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties, 120 miles north of San Francisco, had burned through 140 square miles and destroyed 10 homes.

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.

Fire officials said such blazes had been fuelled by several years of drought-dessicated vegetation, and stoked by frequent and persistent bouts of erratic winds and triple-digit temperatures.