California battles its biggest ever wildfire and 16 other blazes


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Northern California wildfire became the biggest in state history on Tuesday, eclipsing a previous record set only eight months ago, as hot, windy conditions fanned 17 blazes in what Governor Jerry Brown has called California’s “new normal.”

The Mendocino Complex, made up of two fires, grew to 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) – nearly the size of Los Angeles – and was expected to burn for the rest of the month, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

The Mendocino Complex has surpassed the Thomas Fire, which burned…



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