Massive wildfire becomes largest in California history, in pictures

There are 17 large wildfires burning across the state and more than 14,000 firefighters working to put out the blazes Cal Fire said on Tuesday

There are 17 large wildfires burning across the state and more than 14,000 firefighters working to put out the blazes Cal Fire said on Tuesday

While containment grew to 47 percent, burned acreage grew over the weekend, as well, now sitting at 164,413 acres burned. It has burned through 225,000 acres - almost twice its size on Friday.

Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set only months earlier.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire? Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! About three-quarters of the perimeter has been quiet recently, but it is still moving aggressively north, coming to within less than two miles of merging with the Ranch Fire to the north.

Two other national forests in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura were on high alert because of searing temperatures, strong winds and parched vegetation. It doesn't mean that the fires have necessarily joined - and in the case of the Mendocino Complex Fire, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire have yet to meet.

"Look how big it got, just in a matter of days".

Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest's canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon, after a blaze broke out to quickly engulf 700 acres (283 hectares).

More than 14,000 firefighters are trying to contain the different blazes, using helicopters, airplanes and other equipment.

A number of complex fires fill the list of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history, including the 192,038-acre Klamath Theater Complex Fire near the OR state line in June 2008.

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Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week. It was listed as the sixth most-destructive in state history, having destroyed more than 1,600 structures, according to Cal Fire.

"If fire ignition occurs, conditions are favorable for very rapid fire spread", the National Weather Service warned in a statement, saying "extreme fire behavior" could "threaten life and property".

Through July 29, the agency said it responded to 3,770 fires across 292,455 acres.

The table released by CAL FIRE on August 4, 2018 does not include the Mendocino Complex, since it is still very actively growing. Officials are investigating the cause of both.

The Mendocino Complex fire has surpassed the size of the Thomas fire to become the largest fire in Californian history.

Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses against flames. And these firefighters are are working through the night to stop the blaze.

Fred Greaves / Reuters A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire on Thursday.

What was California's second-largest fire?

Before 2000, such monstrously large fires occurred far less frequently, according to state records.

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