Thousands of structures have been destroyed and remain under threat as the wildfires in California continue to grow. The fires have become the seventh-most destructive in state history.

A horse barn burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over tens of thousands of hectares, destroyed homes and stands at only 27 percent contained.
A horse barn burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over tens of thousands of hectares, destroyed homes and stands at only 27 percent contained. (AFP)

Days after wildfires left a deadly swathe of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life, threatening thousands of homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.

Nearly 1,000 dwellings and more than 400 other buildings were reduced to ruins in what state officials now rank as the seventh-most destructive wildfire in California history.

The erratic blaze forced 38,000 people from their homes. Most of them are staying at hotels or with friends and relatives, and nearly 300 are at Red Cross shelters in the Redding area. 

Six people have died in the fires, including a firefighter, a grandmother and her two young grandchildren.

A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire burning in Lakeport, California.
A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire burning in Lakeport, California. (AP)
Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, California. Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames.
Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, California. Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames. (AFP)
A home burns as the River Fire moves through the area in Lakeport, California.  Thousands of homes remain under threat.
A home burns as the River Fire moves through the area in Lakeport, California. Thousands of homes remain under threat. (AFP)
The forest burns in the Carr Fire west of Redding, California. Thousands have been forced to evacuate since it began on July 23.
The forest burns in the Carr Fire west of Redding, California. Thousands have been forced to evacuate since it began on July 23. (AFP)
Fire damaged cars and houses in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, as the Carr fire continues to spreads towards the town of Douglas City near Redding, California.
Fire damaged cars and houses in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, as the Carr fire continues to spreads towards the town of Douglas City near Redding, California. (AFP)
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