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California fires: 31 killed; weather stays dry

“We’re not even close to being out of this emergency,” Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California’s Office of Emergency Services, said Thursday afternoon.

The largest fires are still burning with little containment and the weather has not helped the thousands of firefighters battling those deadly blazes and new ones that pop up each day.

“We are a long way from being done with this catastrophe,” Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said. Fires, which have killed 31 people, were burning erratically Thursday, he said.

Authorities were concerned about new Red Flag warnings that said winds were going to pick up this week.

The good news was that reinforcements are coming from across the state and the country, Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said.

Both factors are “starting to give us the upper hand, allowing us to actually … (get) some containment started in certain areas,” he said.

Still, the biggest fires were huge challenges. The 40,000-plus acre Atlas Fire in Napa and Solano counties…

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