Mendocino Complex Fire as of Thursday morning — FIRE MAP

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Another major blaze known as the Ferguson Fire broke out near the popular Yosemite National Park nearly three weeks ago, on July 13, and was only 39 percent contained by Thursday, officials said.

The fire, which is almost twice the size of Sacramento, was only 35 per cent contained after more than a week.

Extreme weather conditions are expected to return on Thursday and could stoke wildfires in California where thousands of tired firefighters are battling the destructive and deadly blazes.

Farther south, the Mendocino Complex Fire is threatening more structures.

The governor said the state will now need to prepare if the economy takes a turn for the worst.

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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 said the trend would likely worsen if forecasts by climate scientists come to pass.

"We're in for a really rough ride", Brown said at the news conference.

The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento.

In the last two weeks, wildfires have claimed the lives of four firefighters and eight civilians.

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.

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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for.

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.

A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.

Just when firefighters were making progress on a massive fire burning in Mendocino and Lake counties, Mother Nature was preparing to deliver another haymaker with forecasters predicting a triple threat of high winds, soaring temperatures and falling humidity.

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