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New wildfires spreading through the mountains of central California

California’s latest wildfire spread quickly across the US state’s central mountains, just as firefighters were bringing a major fire south of Los Angeles under control, officials said on Sunday.

The official Cal Fire website reported that the mosquito fire has now spread to more than 41,000 acres (16,600 ha) in San Francisco’s Sierra Nevada range in just four days.

Cal Fire said fires in parts of El Dorado and Placer counties were only 10 percent under control.

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It said cooler temperatures – after more than a week of scorching heat – had slowed the progress of the fire somewhat, with strong winds pushing it to the north and northeast, threatening hundreds of homes .

Cal Fire said the small town of Foresthill faces an increasing threat, adding “many more evacuation orders and warnings have been issued.”

The daily Sacramento Bee reported that the towns of Georgetown, Volcano and Bottle Hill had previously been ordered to evacuate.

“It’s the fourth time we’ve been pulled out of here,” Volcano’s Josh Manzer told Bee, “but it’s the worst.”

Cal Fire spokesman Chris Vestal told local TV channel KSBW that, while wildfires in California often occur in hard-to-reach areas, there’s “nowhere to be anywhere that’s flat.”

“Even the access roads, which are usually in those areas, don’t exist.”

Officials said airplanes and helicopters are assisting ground crews as the weather permits.

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On Saturday, tropical storms were able to douse the massive Fairview Fire south of Los Angeles after rain and cold temperatures were extinguished, officials said.

Officials said the fire – which came amid a severe heat wave in the US southwest – killed two people and destroyed 20 buildings.

The western United States has been in a historic drought for more than two decades, scientists say is worsened by man-made climate change.

Much of the countryside has become dry and overgrown, creating conditions for hot, rapid and devastating wildfires.

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