The Latest: the Control of the massive blaze expected in September

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

7:15 pm

California fire officials say they expect to get the largest blaze in state history in September.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday the fire of hell in the neighborhood of Clear Lake in Northern California has destroyed 116 homes since the start on July 27. It is threatening other 10,000.

The agency also says two firefighters were injured, but gave no details.

Experts say California is the see of earlier, longer and more devastating bushfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the housing is deeper in the woods.

The huge Mendocino Complex fires of the burning twin burning side-by-side expanded even more during the night almost 470 square miles (1,217 square kilometers).

More than 4000 firefighters fighting blaze have contained 47 per cent.


This version corrects that firefighters have contained 47 percent of the twin, not a third party.


12:00 pm

California could be faced with the toughest wildfire season ever, about 18 giant flaming havoc of the state and the historically worst months that are yet to come.

About 14,000 firefighters are battling fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed six lives thanks to wind-whipped flames that have led to an explosive dissemination by the vegetation left tinder-dry by years of drought.

Mark Hartwig of the California Fire Chiefs Association says fires are burning more intensely and faster than before.

California is the largest recorded blaze — the side-by-side burn the Mendocino Complex is needed, just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

A deadly fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the Redding area of Northern California is less than 50 percent contained.

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