Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

S Carr Fire devastates Redding California

A third fire in Mendocino County, Another fire broke out in the Mendocino National Forest Tuesday.

"A factor that folks in that area, crews in that area are aware of and they're looking at that and a potential for spot fires across their lines", said Gabe Lauderdale with Cal Fire. Several roads in the area remained closed.

The fire, which is almost twice the size of Sacramento, was only partially contained after more than a week.

"We're concerned with individuals that have no family", Bosenko said.

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

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Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.

It's the largest of 18 wildfires burning throughout California.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for.

Mercy Medical Center said it was fully operational - even though dozens of employees, physicians or volunteers lost homes in the fire.

During the course of their mission the firefighters came across an unlikely pair of animals impacted by the fire.

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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 two fires have killed eight people, with the Carr Fire alone responsible for six of the deaths.

In addition to California, there are now major fires burning in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The fire is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning auto on July 23.

It is now the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history and is threatening another 1,600 homes.

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A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California. "Low humidity, heat and wind will continue to challenge firefighters throughout the day today".

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