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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.

Numerous fire personnel were being sent from out of state.

With high winds expected to worsen, throwing hot embers over containment lines, "we could continue to see those conditions pose difficulty for us into the night-time hours", he told Reuters by telephone. The more than 62,000-acre blaze was 39 percent contained this afternoon.

"The western edge of fire continued to challenge crews yesterday evening", Cal Fire said Wednesday.

Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, huge tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said.

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The Carr Fire near Redding has reached 121,000 acres and is just 35 percent contained.

After almost a week of burning through Northern California, the Carr fire is already one of the biggest blazes in California's history.

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The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,546 structures in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (260 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.

California firefighters made a surprising discovery as they were helping residents deal with the aftermath of the deadly Carr wildfire that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

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

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

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown warned Californians the threat of wildfires is now the "new normal", and said the disasters will likely get more destructive and expensive in the future.

The request was made to Australia by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group in the USA, which is co-ordinating the efforts of several emergency response agencies, including the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that all those who had been reported missing had been located. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior".