"A factor that folks in that area, crews in that area are aware of and they're looking at that and a potential for spot fires across their lines", said Gabe Lauderdale with Cal Fire. The area remains closed to residents as crews work to restore some of the infrastructure in the area. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday that this very busy fire season is "the new normal".
He added: "We recognise that as people enter back into their neighbourhoods, they're going to know people, family members and neighbours that have lost homes".
Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101.
Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Charlie Blankenheim told a gathering of residents at a meeting in Kelseyville Wednesday night that the Ranch Fire had burned more than 25,000 acres of the national forest.
However, authorities who had feared there might be more casualties reported Wednesday that all those who had been reported missing had been located.
"A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly", the weather service warned.
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Those gusts were slowing efforts in the steep, rugged terrain to carve out buffer zones in front of the fire's leading edge, said a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze.
Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.
A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.
Two fires in Mendocino County, the River Fire, which is 38 percent contained, and the Ranch Fire, 15 percent contained, have consumed almost 100,000 acres.
"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Mr Cox said.
The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers). High temperatures, low humidity and afternoon winds along with low fuel moistures are aiding large fire growth, fire officials said.