Carr Fire: What we know Thursday

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Firefighters are gaining steady ground on the Carr Fire, which has forced the evacuation of some 38,000 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

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.

Forecasters said winds could be stronger Wednesday, around 20 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, and high temperatures and low humidity don't bode well for containing the blazes.

Property losses so far have been put at 1,546 structures, including 1,058 homes, making the Carr Fire the sixth most destructive in California's history. Get the full story in the video above.

There are 4,271 firefighters battling the blaze, as well as 369 fire engines, 69 fire crews, 17 helicopters, 125 bulldozers and 84 water trucks.

In a marked shift from last weekend, when numerous fires were out of control and as little as five per cent contained, crews battling the key fire fronts are now reporting containment as high as 35 per cent, and in some cases, 50 per cent containment.

It used to be that we'd talk about the impact of fire seasons, but today, it's more like fire years. Jerry Brown. "All that is the new normal that we will have to face".

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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for. "Despite progress, the fires were only 12 percent contained".

Redding police said everyone reported missing in Shasta County had been found.

After 20 days of destruction, the Ferguson Fire in central California was only 39% contained as of Wednesday.

Others were frustrated by the lack of information about the status of their homes from authorities overwhelmed by fighting the fire.

The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, had burned nearly 100 square miles and was 39 percent contained after burning for nearly three weeks.

Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 11:46 p.m. PDT July 31, 2018.

And California has already spent a quarter of its firefighting budget for the year in the month of July.

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