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The Latest: Some may return home near massive flames

LAKEPORT, California (AP) – The latest on Californian forest fires (all local times):

12:30 pm.

The authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for most of the seaside communities affected by California's biggest fire disaster.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

Lake County Lt. Corey Paulich says the majority of residents along the Clear Lake coast in Northern California are allowed to return home Wednesday.

Approximately 19,000 people were displaced during the peak of the fire, which began on July 27, and continue to burn in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa Counties

Paulich says about 1,500 people remain under evacuation orders, especially in his Spring Valley district.

He says firefighters are familiar with the containment lines that have managed to burn about half of the Mendocino complex that burns about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The twin flames charred 470 square miles (1,217 square kilometers).

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12:10 clock

The police have arrested a man in connection with a calf in southern California, who has burned 12 cabins and led to some evacuations.

Cleveland National Forest officials say 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark was arrested on Wednesday on two charges of arson and one charge of impending terrorist attacks and one arrest warrant.

It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Clark is being arrested on bail of $ 1 million and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

He was arrested in connection with the so-called Sacred Fire, which burned more than 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) in the Santa Ana Mountains.

More details about Clark's arrest are due at 14.00. Press conference.

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9:15

A smoky Southern California forest fire rages in largely uninhabited land, but firefighters are worried that the flames might rush down the hills toward the foothills.

The blaze raging through the Cleveland National Forest just south of Los Angeles is only 5 percent on Wednesday morning.

Flames erupted on Monday have blackened nearly six and a half square miles (17 square kilometers) of dry shrubbery and wood. Several huts have been burned and two rural gorges and some campsites have been evacuated.

No houses are threatened immediately, but some residents are voluntarily evacuated. Officials warn that thick flue gas neighborhoods create unhealthy conditions.

About 385 firefighters work in rough terrain amid scorching temperatures with the help of 10 helicopters and 7 fixed-wing aircraft.

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7:15

Californian firefighters expect to gain control of the country's biggest fire in September.

The California Department of Forest and Fire Protection said Wednesday that the fires near Clear Lake in northern California destroyed 116 homes since it began on July 27. It threatens another 10,000.

The agency also says two firefighters were injured, but did not provide any information.

Experts say California is experiencing earlier, longer and more destructive forest fires due to drought, warmer weather due to climate change, and building homes deeper into the woods.

Twin fires' massive Mendocino complex fire, which burned side by side, stretched overnight to nearly 470 square miles (1,217 square kilometers).

More than 4,000 firefighters fighting the fire have contained 47 percent of it.

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This version corrects that firefighters contained 47 percent of twin fires, not a third.

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12:00 noon.

California may experience the toughest forest fire season, with 18 gigantic fires devastating the state – and the worst months of its history are yet to come.

Around 14,000 firefighters are fighting fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed six lives, thanks to the windswept flames that have caused an explosive spread through the vegetation, which has remained dry through years of drought.

Mark Hartwig of the California Fire Chiefs Association says fires burn more intense and faster than before.

California's largest recorded fire – the side-by-side fire called the Mendocino complex – took only 11 days to blacken an area nearly as big as Los Angeles.

A fatal fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the Redding area of ​​Northern California is less than 50 percent contained.

Firefighter Brandon Esquer walks down a hill near Ladoga, California on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

Firefighter Brandon Esquer walks down a hill near Ladoga, California on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

Firefighter Brandon Esquer walks down a hill near Ladoga, California on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California, firefighters are overseeing a fire in the fight against the Ranchfire, which is part of the Mendocino complex. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter oversees a misfire in the fight against the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter oversees a misfire in the fight against the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter oversees a misfire in the fight against the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter ignites a misfire as he fights Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter ignites a misfire as he fights Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A firefighter ignites a misfire as he fights Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near Ladoga, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

This Monday, August 6, 2018, digital image of DigitalGlobe shows smoke from the "River Fire", left, and the "Ranch Fire," above, to Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the middle show burnt vegetation. Bottom right is Clear Lake. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a maxar company via AP)

This Monday, August 6, 2018, digital image of DigitalGlobe shows smoke from the "River Fire", left, and the "Ranch Fire," above, to Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the middle show burnt vegetation. Bottom right is Clear Lake. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a maxar company via AP)

This Monday, August 6, 2018, digital image of DigitalGlobe shows smoke from the "River Fire", left, and the "Ranch Fire," above, to Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the middle show burnt vegetation. Bottom right is Clear Lake. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a maxar company via AP)

A plane detonates while firefighters at the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, California continue a forest fire on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Firefighters work in harsh terrain under scorching temperatures that warned of excessive heat and extreme fire, putting much of the region at risk. (Watchara Phomicinda / The Orange County Register via AP)

A plane detonates while firefighters at the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, California continue a forest fire on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Firefighters work in harsh terrain under scorching temperatures that warned of excessive heat and extreme fire, putting much of the region at risk. (Watchara Phomicinda / The Orange County Register via AP)

A plane detonates while firefighters at the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, California continue a forest fire on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Firefighters work in harsh terrain under scorching temperatures that warned of excessive heat and extreme fire, putting much of the region at risk. (Watchara Phomicinda / The Orange County Register via AP)

This satellite image, provided by DigitalGlobe, shows clouds of smoke from the "River Fire" burning vegetation west of Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the center, surrounded by lighter bulldozed trails, show burnt vegetation around the South Cow Mountain Recreation area. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, via AP)

This satellite image, provided by DigitalGlobe, shows clouds of smoke from the "River Fire" burning vegetation west of Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the center, surrounded by lighter bulldozed trails, show burnt vegetation around the South Cow Mountain Recreation area. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, via AP)

This satellite image, provided by DigitalGlobe, shows clouds of smoke from the "River Fire" burning vegetation west of Clear Lake, California. The dark brown areas in the center, surrounded by lighter bulldozed trails, show burnt vegetation around the South Cow Mountain Recreation area. (Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, via AP)

This satellite image, published by NOAA on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, shows forest fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, California. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set months before. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (NOAA over AP)

This satellite image, published by NOAA on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, shows forest fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, California. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set months before. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (NOAA over AP)

This satellite image, published by NOAA on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, shows forest fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, California. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set months before. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (NOAA over AP)

This image, provided by NASA, shows the Californian forest fires that were taken on August 3, 2018 by astronaut Alexander Gerst of the International Space Station. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California's history, setting a record only months ago. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (Alexander Gerst / NASA on AP)

This image, provided by NASA, shows the Californian forest fires that were taken on August 3, 2018 by astronaut Alexander Gerst of the International Space Station. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California's history, setting a record only months ago. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (Alexander Gerst / NASA on AP)

This image, provided by NASA, shows the Californian forest fires that were taken on August 3, 2018 by astronaut Alexander Gerst of the International Space Station. Northern California is struggling with the biggest wildfire in California's history, setting a record only months ago. Experts say that this could become the new normal as climate change, in conjunction with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas, has more intense and devastating consequences. (Alexander Gerst / NASA on AP)

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