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Carr Fire in Northern California included 20 percent



Firefighters are making progress in the fight against a deadly wildfire in Northern California, but the fire that has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee the area has now burned more than 100,000 hectares.

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The Carr Fire was contained on Monday at 23 percent night, from about 17 percent on Sunday, when fire crews ran to stifle the massive flame before the weather turned against them. The fire was only 5 percent on Sunday morning.

At least six people have died and more than 950 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fire last week, firefighters said.

Among the dead were two firefighters and a 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren who died in the burning of their home in Redding, California. The sixth victim, who was not identified, has not been evacuated despite a warning, the authorities said.

  San Bernardino County Firefighter James Lips spills hot spots left by a wildfire, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, California. AP </span></picture></div><figcaption><span class= San Bernardino County Firefighter James Lips Hoses down trouble spots on Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, California

Authorities said at a meeting on Monday night that 19 people were reported missing, but they warned that they probably would not have checked in with family members or friends ,

The National Weather Service has forecast more hot and dry conditions and strong gusts of wind for the coming days. Temperatures will stay above 100 degrees by the end of the week.

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DIASHOW: Deadly Northern California Wildfire

"Firefighting continued today as firefighters worked to build control lines," Cal Fire said Sunday. "Changing winds, dry fuels and steep drainage contributed to rapid growth."

  San Bernardino County Firefighter James Lips photographs the damage caused by wildfire on Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, California. AP
Fireman James Lips of the San Bernardino County Firefighter takes photos of the damage caused by a wildfire on Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, California.

The fire, detonated on July 23 by a vehicle, has sacked 103,772 acres of land, destroyed 818 homes, and damaged another 167 officers said Monday. Three commercial structures and 311 outbuildings were destroyed.

Tens of thousands were directed to evacuate, with four local centers open to handle tributaries. Some residents received good news on Monday when evacuation orders were lifted in the Douglas City, California area.

  A burnt vehicle can be seen in the mountain community of Keswick, California on Sunday, July 29, 2018. On Sunday, the San Bernardino County Fire Department moved in to tear down smoking debris. Debris piles still smoked in the middle of power lines. AP
On Sunday, July 29, 2018, a burned car is seen in the mountain community of Keswick, California. On Sunday, the San Bernardino Fire Department moved in to tear down smoking debris. Debris piles still smoked in the middle of power lines.

Over 3,600 firefighters fight from the ground and in the air as officials deploy 17 helicopters, 334 fire trucks, 68 bulldozers and 65 water tenders.

The Carr Fire was one of several uncontrolled forest fires raging in California when the state was dealing with brutal temperatures and dry conditions.

Another big fire, called the Ferguson Fire, has killed two people, both firefighters and burned more than 54,481 acres in Mariposa County, California, near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. This fire was about 30 percent late Sunday included.

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DIASHOW: Deadly Northern California wildfire

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