California is getting walloped by out-of-control wildfires.
Over the weekend, one of the many ongoing fires – the Mendocino Complex Fire – almost doubled in size. The fire is now the largest in the state’s history, burning over 283,000 acres, according to Cal Fire, the state fire agency.
Firefighters have around 30% of the blaze contained as of Tuesday morning, according to officials.
The fire increased as dry winds and triple-digit weather combined two smaller blazes, the Ranch Fire and the River Fire.
The Mendocino fire has spurred evacuations in Lake County, though no one has been injured in the blaze so far.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in California to help assist with battling the fires.
“Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort,” California Governor Jerry Brown wrote in a letter to Trump.
See photos from the Mendocino Fire below:
The Mendocino Fire grew to over 283,000 acres over the weekend after the Lake Fire and the Ranch Fire merged.
Source: The Los Angeles Times
It’s now the largest fire in California’s history, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
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On Monday morning, there were close to 4,000 firefighters battling the blaze.
So far, the fire has only destroyed 75 structures, but is threatening an estimated 9,300 more, according to Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency.
Source: Cal Fire
Firefighters have contained 30% of the blaze contained, according to Cal Fire.
Officials have ordered evacuations in the path of the fire.
See here for Cal Fire’s evacuation map.
As the Mendocino Complex Fire rages, yet another brush fire has forced the closure of Yosemite National Park during the busy summer season.
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