The Mendocino Complex Fire
The Mendocino Complex fire has become the largest wildfire in California history.
It has surpassed last year’s Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The fire in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties has killed two people and burned almost 283,800 acres of of Monday.
The Mendocino Complex, which has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee, is the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, prompting US President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” in the state.
Almost 3,000 firefighters are fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, including crews from Arizona, Washington and Alaska.
The fire is made up of two separate conflagrations – Ranch Fire and River Fire – which merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest.
Crews battling the Mendocino Complex fire on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven and Clearlake Oaks, Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire said.
Further north, the Carr Fire has torched 163,207 acres of land in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23.
The blaze is 47 percent contained and was caused by the “mechanical failure of a vehicle.”
It has claimed the lives of seven people, two firefighters, a power worker and four residents.
More than 38,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, but some have recently been allowed to return.
Firefighters from New Zealand and Australia have arrived in Redding to assists US firefighters in tackling the blaze.
They have been deployed to fires in the Pacific Northwest and California.
A new blaze – dubbed the Holy Fire – was ignited in Orange County on Monday and firefighters are battling the fire which has spread to more than 4,000 acres and was 0 percent contained on Monday evening.
The inferno started in Cleveland National Forest and evacuations in the nearby areas have been ordered, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
Evacuations were ordered in Holy Jim Canyon, Trabuco Canyon Recreation Residence Tract, Blue Hay and Falcon Campground areas.
The Ferguson Fire has entered its third week and has prompted the indefinite closure of popular parts of Yosemite National Park, officials announced on Sunday.
The blaze has spread to 94,331 acres and firefighters have contained 39 percent, according to authorities.
Cal Fire said: “Over the past 48 hours, fire has impacted all of the roads used to access Yosemite Valley, burning dead and downed trees that can become very explosive and fall without warning.”