Los Angeles: California’s biggest wildfire on record raged on Tuesday as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state. The Mendocino Complex grew to span 283,000 acres on Monday when two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
‘Major disaster in the state’
It is the largest of eight major fires burning out of control across California, prompting US President Donald Trump to declare a ‘major disaster’ in the state. The size of the fire has surpassed that of 2017’s Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties when it destroyed over 1,000 structures.
The Mendocino Complex has burnt 75 homes and forced thousands to be evacuated. Temperatures could reach 430 C over the few days, and the wildfire will burn for the rest of August.
7 people killed in Carr Fire
- The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in terrain. Environmental activists say the intensity of the state’s wildfire season could be linked to climate change.
(With inputs from Agencies)