Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Crews battling the largest wildfire in California history took advantage of milder overnight temperatures to gain considerable ground in containing the blaze on Wednesday, a day after officials it would take until September to snuff it out.

The Mendocino Complex fire, which has scorched an area of northern California almost the size of Los Angeles, was 47 percent contained on Wednesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. A day earlier, the fire was 34 percent contained.

So far, two firefighters have been injured fighting the blaze, which has consumed more than 300,000 acres. While sprawling, the wildfire was less destructive than last week’s Carr Fire near Redding, destroying 75 homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 23,000 people. The Carr Fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

The Mendocino Complex is one of 17 major fires burning in California that have destroyed more than 1,500 structures and displaced tens of thousands of people over the past month. (Reuters)

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<p>Bree Seville uses a small brush to sweep the stairs leading to burned out ruins of her fiancee’s mother’s home in the Keswick area of Redding, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: John Locher/AP) </p>
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Bree Seville uses a small brush to sweep the stairs leading to burned out ruins of her fiancee’s mother’s home in the Keswick area of Redding, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

<p>Homes destroyed by a wildfire are seen from an aerial view in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Michael Burke/AP) </p>
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Homes destroyed by a wildfire are seen from an aerial view in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Michael Burke/AP)

<p>Starla Davis cries as she packs a suitcase in her makeshift tent at an evacuation center Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Redding, Calif. (Photo: John Locher/AP) </p>
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Starla Davis cries as she packs a suitcase in her makeshift tent at an evacuation center Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Redding, Calif. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

<p>A swimming pool is all that remains of a hilltop home after being burned by a wildfire that swept through Shasta County an area west of Redding, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Michael Burke/AP) </p>
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A swimming pool is all that remains of a hilltop home after being burned by a wildfire that swept through Shasta County an area west of Redding, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Michael Burke/AP)

<p>A firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, near Ladoga, Calif. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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A firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, near Ladoga, Calif. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Resident Lane Lawder carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home from the Ranch Fire burning down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
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Resident Lane Lawder carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home from the Ranch Fire burning down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A sign by the side of the road warns of the threat of wildfires which have been fueled by continued hot weather outside the town of Colfax, Calif., Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Jim Christie/Reuters) </p>
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A sign by the side of the road warns of the threat of wildfires which have been fueled by continued hot weather outside the town of Colfax, Calif., Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Jim Christie/Reuters)

<p>This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex), on Aug. 3, 2018, from aboard the International Space Station. (Photo: Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency/NASA) </p>
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This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex), on Aug. 3, 2018, from aboard the International Space Station. (Photo: Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency/NASA)

<p>A firefighter gathers water from a pool while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter gathers water from a pool while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A helicopter drops water on a burning hillside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A helicopter drops water on a burning hillside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP)

<p>A tree burns from the inside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A tree burns from the inside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP)

<p>A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Embers smoulder along a hillside after the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burned though the area near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Embers smoulder along a hillside after the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burned though the area near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A U.S. Air Force plane drops fire retardant on a burning hillside in the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A U.S. Air Force plane drops fire retardant on a burning hillside in the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP)

<p>A firefighter gestures towards flames as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burns near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter gestures towards flames as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burns near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Wind-driven flames roll over a hill towards homes during the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Wind-driven flames roll over a hill towards homes during the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters)

<p>Carol Smith, left, gets a hug from her daughter Suzie Scatena, after seeing her fire-ravaged home for the first time Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Carol Smith, left, gets a hug from her daughter Suzie Scatena, after seeing her fire-ravaged home for the first time Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>A firefighter tries to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter tries to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, Calif. on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An air tanker passes behind a smoke plume while battling the River Fire in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

An air tanker passes behind a smoke plume while battling the River Fire in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A firefighter monitors a burning outbuilding to ensure flames don’t spread as the River Fire burns in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the wildfires. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter monitors a burning outbuilding to ensure flames don’t spread as the River Fire burns in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the wildfires. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A firefighter walks through smoke while fighting to save Olof Cellars winery in Lakeport, Calif., Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the wildfires. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter walks through smoke while fighting to save Olof Cellars winery in Lakeport, Calif., Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the wildfires. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire burning near Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire burning near Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>The El Dorado Hotshots battle fire near Buckhorn Summit, Calif., on Highway 299 on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Paul Kitagaki Jr/TNS via ZUMA Wire) </p>
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The El Dorado Hotshots battle fire near Buckhorn Summit, Calif., on Highway 299 on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Paul Kitagaki Jr/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

<p>A home burns as the River Fire rages near Finley, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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A home burns as the River Fire rages near Finley, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>In this photo released July 28, 2018, by the California Highway Patrol, Sergeant David Fawson holds a month-old fawn that was located by Cal Fire without a mother inside the Carr Fire line near Redding, Calif. Sawson evacuated the deer to safety for care with a wildlife rescue. Some evacuations orders have been lifted around a Northern California wildfire area near the city of Redding. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said people can return to several neighborhoods in western Redding as of Monday morning. The huge blaze near Redding has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people. (Photo: California Highway Patrol via AP) </p>
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In this photo released July 28, 2018, by the California Highway Patrol, Sergeant David Fawson holds a month-old fawn that was located by Cal Fire without a mother inside the Carr Fire line near Redding, Calif. Sawson evacuated the deer to safety for care with a wildlife rescue. Some evacuations orders have been lifted around a Northern California wildfire area near the city of Redding. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said people can return to several neighborhoods in western Redding as of Monday morning. The huge blaze near Redding has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people. (Photo: California Highway Patrol via AP)

<p>An antique car, part of a collection, lays in rubble in a devastated neighborhood July 29, 2018 near Redding,Calif., where firefighters say only 5 percent of a nearly 90,000 acre fire has been contained. (Photo: Gianrigo Marletta/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

An antique car, part of a collection, lays in rubble in a devastated neighborhood July 29, 2018 near Redding,Calif., where firefighters say only 5 percent of a nearly 90,000 acre fire has been contained. (Photo: Gianrigo Marletta/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Celia Corona rescues an injured cat in a burned residential neighborhood during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Celia Corona rescues an injured cat in a burned residential neighborhood during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>San Bernardino County Fire department firefighters assess the damage to a neighborhood in the aftermath of a wildfire, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

San Bernardino County Fire department firefighters assess the damage to a neighborhood in the aftermath of a wildfire, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>A Los Angeles city firefighter walks through a charred field as he looks for hot spots after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29, 2018 in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) </p>
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A Los Angeles city firefighter walks through a charred field as he looks for hot spots after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29, 2018 in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

<p>Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding, Calif., on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding, Calif., on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Flames from the Carr Fire lick above a Cal Fire truck in Whiskeytown, Calif., on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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Flames from the Carr Fire lick above a Cal Fire truck in Whiskeytown, Calif., on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Firefighter Scott Brown sprays water on a backfire while battling the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., July 28, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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Firefighter Scott Brown sprays water on a backfire while battling the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., July 28, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Deer graze along a road covered in fire retardant as the Carr Fire burns near Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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Deer graze along a road covered in fire retardant as the Carr Fire burns near Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a wildfire, July 28, 2018 in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a wildfire, July 28, 2018 in Redding, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>Homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif., on Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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Homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif., on Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Friends of the Bledsoe family embrace outside of the sheriff’s office in Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018, after hearing news of the death of Melody Bledsoe and her great-grandchildren James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, who were killed at their home by an advancing wildfire. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
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Friends of the Bledsoe family embrace outside of the sheriff’s office in Redding, Calif., on Saturday, July 28, 2018, after hearing news of the death of Melody Bledsoe and her great-grandchildren James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, who were killed at their home by an advancing wildfire. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
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A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
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An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A structure burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
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A structure burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Cal Fire firefighter Zach Hallums is seen as fire burns in a canyon below homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Cal Fire firefighter Zach Hallums is seen as fire burns in a canyon below homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters)

<p>The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Inmate fire crews cut a fire line during the evening as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Inmate fire crews cut a fire line during the evening as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters)

<p>A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters)

<p>An historic schoolhouse burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

An historic schoolhouse burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Smoke and flames are seen as a wildfire spreads through Redding, Calif., July 26, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Cody Markhart/via Reuters) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Smoke and flames are seen as a wildfire spreads through Redding, Calif., July 26, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Cody Markhart/via Reuters)

<p>A real estate sign is seen in front of a burning home during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A real estate sign is seen in front of a burning home during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters monitor a backfire during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
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Firefighters monitor a backfire during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Shasta, Calif., on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Shasta, Calif., on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

<p>Flames race across a hillside as firefighters monitor a backfire during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

Flames race across a hillside as firefighters monitor a backfire during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A house burns during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly wildfires in Northern California

A house burns during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif. on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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