Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August

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The Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by Tuesday morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is now only 30 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex fire is reportedly growing by thousands of acres daily and has surpassed the state's Thomas fire previous year, which set ablaze more than 281,000 acres in California.

Meanwhile, new evacuations were ordered Saturday near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties. Both fires began on July 27, according to Cal Fire.

Two fires in northern California have become the largest in the state's history, fire officials have said.

The 200 troops, plus command and support staff, will get one day of classroom training from firefighters at JBLM this week and then two more days of field training once it's decided which of the 18 major wildfires burning across California they will be asked to help contain.

Crews battling the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in California fought on Monday to keep flames from descending a ridge into foothill communities, as reinforcements arrived from as far away as Alaska.

According to a statement from Cal Fire, full containment is expected on September 1. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures.

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Out-of-control wildfires in California have become the largest in the U.S. state's history with weeks to go until the end of the scorching summer season. Fueled by low humidity, triple-digit temperatures and winds blowing across wide swaths of tinder-dry vegetation, the conflagration has expanded to three counties, surrounded an entire river and parts of neighboring reservoirs, and destroyed and damaged almost 170 homes and other structures.

As of Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire shows little sign of slowing down.

Northern California is grappling with one of the largest wildfires in the history of California.

The scorching hot weather - tipped to top 43C (110F) - has been blamed for the quick spread of the blaze which has also been fuelled by tinder dry vegetation....

The 14th Engineer Battalion soldiers were chosen for their engineering expertise and are likely to aid civilian firefighters in operations including digging trenches and building fire breaks, officials said.

What are firefighters doing to stop the Mendocino Complex Fire?

"California is going through a really heartbreaking fire season right now", he added. Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.

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