The Mendocino Complex fire surpassed the Thomas Fire, which burned 117,639 hectares in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in 2017, as officials say the fire is expected to burn for the rest of the month.
There are 17 major fires burning throughout California. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people — including four firefighters— and shut down Yosemite National Park.
Northern California residents who fled deadly wildfires await permission to return to their homes as firefighters gained more control of the sixth most destructive blaze in state's history.
The so-called Carr Fire that has burned more than 880 homes and killed six people has become the ninth most destructive wildfire in California history.
Authorities ordered the evacuations of over 2,000 residents. The fire has scorched 3,000 acres and threatened 600 buildings. The Pawnee fire is one of several wildfires burning in California and it's fuelled by erratic winds and high temperatures.
Authorities said at least 28 people were injured while 30,000 remained subject to mandatory evacuation orders.
More flee as flames approach enclave where Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and many other celebrities live. A red flag warning has been issued because of hot, dry, windy conditions. The fire is now the third-largest in state history.
San Diego-based engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the Thomas Fire which has blackened almost 250,000 acres since it broke out ten days ago.
Over 1,000 firefighters are struggling to contain the flames that have already destroyed some 80,000 acres in just over a day since the fire broke out and killed at least one person in an area near downtown LA.
The 41 confirmed fatalities make the fires California’s deadliest on record, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.
Even as rescue crews made enough progress for authorities to begin contemplating re-population of some evacuated areas, they were bracing for another onslaught of hot, dry winds that could fan the fires.
Massive wildfire has forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in Los Angeles as California governor declared a state of emergency.
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