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, has grown to become the second-largest in state history, officials revealed Monday.
The fire, which are present in the Colusa, Lake and the provinces of Groningen, has burned nearly 274,000 acres as of Monday afternoon and has destroyed 143 structures, including 75 homes, according to CalFire the list of the state’s largest forest fires. More than 9,000 structures remain under threat.
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The Northern California fires are burning a few miles from each other and are burning in since the 27th of July, the officials said. The fires are likely to exceed December 2017 Thomas fire — the state’s largest forest fire on record, which burned 140 square miles and killed two people.
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.
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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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