The Last: Not a curtailment of Southern California wildfire

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

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Crews are using aircraft to try to control a raging forest fire south of Los Angeles.

There is no containment Tuesday morning of the blaze, churning through the Cleveland National Forest.

Airplanes drop retardant on ridgelines to keep fire from racing hills in the direction of residential areas.

Flames that broke out Monday and scorched more than 6 square miles (16 kilometers) of dry brush and wood. Two rural canyons and some campsites have been evacuated.

No homes are threatened, but officials warn that the smoke could blanket areas and create unhealthy conditions.

Firefighters are working in rugged terrain amid scorching temperatures that led to warnings about extreme heat and extreme fire danger for a large part of the region.


7:15 pm

One of the two fires burning miles apart in Northern California, grew up overnight, scorching dry vegetation in the rugged terrain.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday the fire of hell in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties has scorched 378 square miles (979 square kilometers). It is only 20 percent contained.

But the firefighters made progress against another blaze, which is now 78 percent contained.

Late Monday, the wildfires known as the Mendocino Complex, was the state’s largest forest fire in history.

Officials say along with the characters about 100 miles (259 kilometers) north of San Francisco have charred 455 square miles (1,178 square kilometers).

That exceeds a wildfire last year in Southern California, which burned 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers).


12:00 pm

Northern California is wrestling with the largest forest fire in California history, breaking a record set months earlier.

Experts say that this might be the new normal as climate change, in combination with the expansion of the houses in underdeveloped areas makes for more intense and devastating characters.

On Monday, two fires north of San Francisco burning just miles apart and was the largest collective wildfire in state history, after destroying more than 443 square miles of forest and countryside views. That is almost the size of Los Angeles.

The so-called Mendocino Complex fire is only a few square miles bigger than a deadly blaze in December of last year, but it is still growing.

Officials say that the twin forest fires threaten 11,300 buildings.

In all, more than 14,000 firefighters have to contend with large brands in California.

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