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Largest wildfire on record in California is fully included

FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, a part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The U. S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire in California history is now 100 percent contained. The service said Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, the Mendocino Complex, twin fire that broke out in July in Lake County, scorched 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers) of brush and timber north of San Francisco, destroyed 157 homes and killed a firefighter. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The U. S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained.

The agency made the announcement Wednesday about the so-called Mendocino Complex of twin fire that broke out in July.

The fire north of San Francisco killed one firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and scorched 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers).

That is an area more than twice the size of New York City.

Officials say 460 firefighters remain in the area, the work to prevent erosion and the supervision of places that are still burning.

The notice prompted the evacuation of thousands of people in Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, and Glenn counties.

The authorities are still looking into what started the fires.

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