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Winds kicked up in Northern California on Thursday night, bringing Red flag conditions to areas where massive fires are already raging. Temperatures will be slightly cooler over the weekend, but gusting winds remain a looming threat for the next few days, officials say. Winds could pose fire danger as far south as Kern County, where gusts are predicted to reach 40 mph, fire officials say. This week, firefighters across the state are battling blazes including the Carr Fire in Shasta County and Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park using bulldozers and hand tools to widen containment lines and strengthen weak spots in preparation for winds that could shift direction and push fires toward populated areas. It is not just the largest fire commanding resources. There are 16 large wildfires burning throughout California, ranging from 35 to almost 132 000 acres. More than 14 000 firefighters from around the state and country are working to contain conflagrations, which have scorched over 410 000 acres and displaced around 40 000 residents. Carr Fire, largest of those blazes, grown to 133 924 acres and was 39 % contained as of Friday evening. The massive blaze killed six people and destroyed 1 567 buildings when it speeded through the city of Redding and surrounding areas, becoming the sixth-most destructive and 13-deadliest wildfire in record California history. A Red flag warning took effect in Shasta County on Thursday night, and officials expect strong winds from the West and North to continue through Saturday night, with gusts up to 30 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Dang say. Temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler over the weekend, possibly dipping into the 80s, but humidity will stay low and air quality will continue to suffer. As low-pressure systems travel through the region, winds will continue to develop and become stronger, said Scott McLean, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It is an issue that we have to address and it is definitely a challenge. Evacuation orders are still in place for thousands of residents in the Carr Fire burn area. A Local Assistance Center has been set up at Shasta High School for evacuees who have lost their homes to receive services, including housing, mental health, cleanup and DMV help. The Red flag warning took effect at 11 am Friday in Mendocino County, where two large fires have been burning since last week. While containment is increasing on River Fire, Ranch Fire grow quickly to east and southeast to 115 250 acres. It was 28 % contained Friday evening, while the River Fire to the south was 42 200 acres and 50 % contain. Ranch Fire has moved into area that previously burnt in June during the Pawnee Fire. Fire officials say that was a good sign. On Thursday night, as winds threatened to push the Fire south, officials ordered mandatory evacuations in Lake and Western Colusa Counties, as well as Mendocino National Forest campgrounds. The fire had not reached populated areas as of Friday morning, Cal Fire spokesman Mike Wilson say.

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