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Mendocino Wildfire Becomes California's Largest, and It's Still Growing

Mendocino Wildfire Becomes California's Largest, and It's Still Growing

But they also blame cities and towns that are expanding housing into previously undeveloped areas.

The fast-moving inferno, sparked Friday, July 27 in Northern California, has now scorched 290,692 acres and is just 34% contained, according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

More than 14,000 firefighters were battling the blazes across the state.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous USA state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.

The complex of fire has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state because it is mostly raging in remote areas.

A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest.

More than 127 wildfires are burning across about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The soldiers have not been assigned to a specific fire yet, Manning said. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

Several thousand people have been evacuated, although some have been given permission in recent days to return to their homes.

It's unclear whether Trump's call for tree clearing "to stop fire from spreading" referred to creating fire lines by felling trees (a common and effective firefighting strategy) or to the mistaken notion that cutting down the nation's forests is a good way to restore them to a healthier, more fire-resistant condition.

The resort owners said in a Facebook post that "at this point it has been confirmed that there is 'massive structural damage.' We are heartbroken and struggling with this news".

Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set only months earlier.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two twin fires: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire.

Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze almost doubled in size over the last three days, making it the largest in the state's history.

Both Sierra National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest are affected now too.

Mendocino Complex Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire?

On Monday, the fire passed last year's Thomas Fire as the largest wildfire in California history.

The latest update from Cal Fire notes that total containment actually decreased to 30 percent, down from 33 percent the previous day.

The fires are being blamed on scorching temperatures, but could be out by August 15.

Seventy-five homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.

A residence on New Long Valley Rd burns as the Ranch Fire burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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