No containment of Southern California wildfire

No containment of Southern California wildfire

No containment of Southern California wildfire

It continues to threaten 9,300 homes and structures in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties as almost 4,000 firefighters work to take hold of the aggressive flames. It has scorched 443 square miles (1,148.4 square kilometers), fire officials said Monday.

The blaze is now larger than NY city and is approaching the size of Los Angeles.

Around 400 firefighters and 80 pieces of equipment from Arizona are helping in California as the state battles a rash of wildfires.

Map of Mendocino Complex Fire as of August 7, 2018. The fire surrounds Clear Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in the state, a vital habitat for fish and other wildfire and a spot for water sports enthusiasts.

Another blaze that erupted last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

California's biggest wildfire on record is expected to burn for the rest of the month, fire officials said on Tuesday.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two twin fires: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. In rural areas up north, what began as two small fires more than a week ago have grown at breathtaking speed to form the Mendocino Complex Fire, a massive and still-growing inferno that has charred an area nearly the size of Los Angeles. The expansive fire is burning north of Clear Lake and through the Mendocino National Forest.

At least 14,000 firefighters are struggling to contain the multiple outbreaks. At a time when fires are becoming increasingly expensive, and climate change is making the problem worse, wildfire science is needed more than ever.

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Seventy-five homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed by the fire so far. Fire officials had hoped to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but pushed that date to early September on Tuesday.

Nine people have died as a result of other fires in the state since July, however.

The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including that of a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta.

The weather forecast for the week ahead is not encouraging: very hot and very dry, the ideal conditions for the fires to expand. Blazing temperatures during the day have exacerbated the wildfire.

California has been ravaged by destructive and deadly wildfires burning up and down the state. That can range from anything from a spark from a vehicle that catches fire in dry brush nearby, to, in extreme cases, arson.

On Monday the Pentagon said it would send 200 soliders to assist firefighters in fending off the flames, many of which have encroached on federal lands.

Crews made progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook. Of the 94,331 acres burned, firefighters have contained 39%, according to authorities.

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