Gusting winds, heat to menace California wildfire battle


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling the largest wildfire in California’s history face a return of gusting winds and high temperatures on Thursday that are expected to stoke a blaze that has burned an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Northern California’s Mendocino Complex fire was 47 percent contained on Wednesday, up from 34 percent a day earlier, after firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

But breezy conditions are expected to return on Thursday afternoon and last through Saturday, the National…



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