Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy

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"We are in uncharted territory".

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters in Sacramento Wednesday. It's now ranked as the sixth most destructive wildfire in the state's history after killing six and destroying more than a thousand homes. "In this case, we had high tension power line towers that were completely collapsed", said NWS meteorologist Hannah Chandler.

Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region.

Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders because of the fire, which has killed six people, including two firefighters, and leveled almost 500 buildings, according to officials.

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Watch an aerial video of the California fires.

A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames.

Brown's remarks reflect a growing body of evidence and scientific opinion that supports a link between warmer temperatures due to climate change and more fires of greater intensity that occur for more months out of the year.

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence Tuesday in Lakeport.

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The Scotts Valley area, just west of town, remains under a mandatory evacuation order. The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County has grown over 115,000 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore, who himself lost his home in the blaze, said social workers and members of the church would be making themselves available to help those distressed by the blaze. The warning, covering the fire's entire burn area, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday and will be in effect 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere, fire authorities, utility crews and police were stepping up efforts to remove hazards such as downed power lines and ruptured gas lines to allow evacuees to return as quickly as possible to areas no longer threatened.

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