Mendocino Complex fires has grown to become the largest in the history of California



Mendocino fire threatens thousands of structures in California.

Two fires close to the merge in Northern California; Jonathan Hunt reports on the latest threat.

Two forest fires burning in California, known as the Mendocino Complex fire was the largest recorded in the state’s history on Monday, the crossing of a grim milestone.

The fire, in Colusa, Lake, and the provinces of Groningen, has killed two people and burned nearly 283,800 acres as of Monday. It is in any case destroyed 143 structures, including 75 homes, according to Cal Fire officials. More than 9,000 structures remain under threat.

The Mendocino complex fires, which cover an area the size of Los Angeles, exceeded the Thomas wildfire in Ventura and Santa Barbara county, burned 281,893 hectares last year.


The Northern California fires are burning a few miles from each other and are burning in since the 27th of July, the officials said.


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Warmer weather attributed to climate change is drying out the vegetation, creating more intense fires that spread rapidly from the countryside to the city breaks, climate and fire, say the experts. But also the debt of cities and municipalities who are busy with expanding housing in a previously mined areas.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen big brands in California, a state Department of Forestry and fire protection spokesman.

Crews made progress at the weekend against one of the two Mendocino Complex fires with the help of water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire chief of operations Charlie Blankenheim said online.

The other fire, but grows after the infection in the Mendocino National Forest.

The complex of fires is less destructive to property than some of the other fires in the state, because it is usually raging in remote areas. New evacuations were ordered in the weekend, however, as the flames spread through the entire area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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