Eel Fire sparks in Mendocino County, in addition to Mendocino Complex Fire

California: Mendocino Complex Fire Explodes to 28000 Acres

Better weather in California is helping thousands of firefighters battling more than a dozen wildfires.

- The Eel fire in Mendocino County has rapidly grown to 865 acres as of Tuesday night, according to CalFire officials.

Residents of Hopland in Mendocino County can now return home, and an order has been reduced to a warning for the area south of 8000 Old River Road, east of the Russian River, north of Highway 175 and west of mile marker 5.6 on Highway 175.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said another 440 buildings, including barns and warehouses, have also been destroyed by the fire, which is now the sixth most destructive in California history.

The blazes that started Friday are about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Redding, where California's largest wildfire is burning and has killed six people.

About 4,500 structures are now being threatened by the fire, which has already destroyed four homes, according to Cal Fire Mendocino. Containment grew overnight to 24 percent.

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The Ranch Fire is 8 miles northwest of Ukiah, California and as of Saturday night had remained east of Highway 20.

So far seven homes have been destroyed along with three outbuildings.

"The western edge of the fire continued to challenge crews (Tuesday) evening", Cal Fire said in its latest update.

In Shasta County's Carr Fire, Redding police on Tuesday asked for help from the public locating four people who are still missing.

Evacuations are in progress for Mendocino Pass Road, east of Covelo.

Officials add today " Numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the State are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow".

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