Twin blazes form California’s largest ever wildfire (Guardian)

Twin blazes form California’s largest ever wildfire (Guardian)

Two fires mercilessly roaring through northern California have grown so rapidly that they are now the largest ever to ravage the state, authorities said.

Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) — an area nearly the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles — and are just 30 percent contained, according to state fire authority CalFire.

Two people have died in the inferno, taking to 11 the number of people killed by major fires that broke out last month and are still ongoing.

“Today a higher pressure system brought warmer weather, drying, and strong winds to the region,” CalFire said in an update.

“Tonight fire crews will try to … increase suppression and hold current containment lines.”

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous US state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres. Read more

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