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A fire weather watch has been issued for Thursday through Saturday with winds expected to increase this evening from the north to northwest with gusts up to 35 miles per hour along ridges, which may lead to critical fire weather conditions, officials say.

The toll of devastation from one of the most brutal fires in California history rose Wednesday to more than 1,000 homes destroyed and nearly 200 damaged as a sprawling wildfire ignited by a spark from a towed vehicle grew to 180 square miles.

Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside near the Springs of Life Church in Casitas Springs, California.

At last check, the Carr Fire had burned more than 176 square miles and was only 30 percent contained. Crews are mopping up burned areas on the southern end of the fire.

Approximately 90 large fires are now being fought in 14 states and nearly 400,000 hectares of ground has been lost.

A deadly wildfire in Northern California continues to burn - and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down any time soon.

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown warned Californians the threat of wildfires is now the "new normal", and said the disasters will likely get more destructive and expensive in the future.

Some California firefighters have been working nonstop for two weeks.

Only approximately 3800 state prison inmates in California meet the minimum-custody and low-risk requirements for the firefighting assignment.

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Reportedly, six individuals have been slaughtered in the Carr Fire until now, including two firefighters.

Just a month into the budget year, the state has already spent one quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $130 million.

A helicopter carries water to drop on an advancing wildfire near Finley, California.

The worst of that was the "rotation updraft" reported earlier this week at the Carr fire front in which a vortex of fire and smoke similar to a tornado is formed, pulling up and spraying out burning embers and other fire debris.

Cal Fire said that "steep terrain, erratic winds, and previously unburned fuels are contributing to spot fire potential".

"Nature is very powerful and we're not on the side of nature, we are fighting nature with the amount of material we are putting in the environment", he said.

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

The Carr Fire came through Bush's neighborhood on Thursday.

Bulldozer operators and their machines build containment lines while battling the River fire in Lakeport, California on July 31.

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