Wildfires scorch homes, land - and California's firefighting budget

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Dubbed the Eel fire, it started about 3:30 p.m.in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

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

The destructive Carr Fire may have caused some to bend, but when we stand together, we will never break.

The latest fire to erupt Wednesday in the wildfire-stricken county burned 45 acres off of Highway 101 south of Hopland, officials said.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the Carr fire is one of eight blazes now burning in the state, with 93 fires in total burning across the United States.

Of the 20 people reported missing as of Monday, all have now been accounted for.

As of last week, the state has spent a quarter of its annual emergency budget on battling the fires.

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At a state Office of Emergency Services press conference today, Brown said firefighters would have to adapt to increasingly severe wildfires in the years to come because of climate change.

Blistering heat, shifting winds, steep terrain and plentiful dried growth continued to challenge more than 4,000 firefighters battling the Carr Fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters. More than 1,000 homes have been confirmed destroyed, and each day the number grows.

"In past decades, we may have seen fires like we are seeing now in August or September", said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

Strong gusts began kicking up again on Wednesday night across upper ridge lines of the fire's mountainous western flank, where the blaze, sparked by a vehicle malfunction on July 23, was burning largely unchecked.

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

The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers).

Weather conditions are doing nothing to aid firefighters in tackling the blaze, as fierce winds fan the flames further.

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