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A fire that has grown for almost two weeks in northern California became the largest in modern state history, continued to rage overnight, as firefighters fought to keep edges from eating in residential areas, officials said Tuesday.
Mendocino Complex Fire, burning northwest of Sacramento, reached more than 290 600 hectares of Tuesday morning, said Cal Fire, the state fire department. It took over last year’s 282,000 acres of Thomas Fire on Monday to become the most significant California fire in a century of record keeping.
“The increase in area is in the forest,” he said in an interview. “The fire is on the south side.”
Larry Dietz, a spokesman for the Red Cross, said there were about 500 people in six Red Cross Houses and in another protection that is not affiliated with the Agency. The homes are provided with linens, kits with toiletries and food.
“It’s a bit smoky here,” he said, talking on a telephone from Middletown, which has a population of approximately 1300 people. “We have a very high proportion of people living in the home, which requires significant care, such as movement problems and the use of oxygen tanks. It is my understanding that they must evacuate a skilled care facility.”
Mendocino Complex Fire is a combination of two fires which ignited a few kilometers apart, Tolmachoff said. In cases where several blisters are close enough to each other and affect the same area, she said, officials consider them a fire, called a complex.
Officials investigate the cause of the fire, which started on July 27th and contained 34 percent At the beginning of Tuesday, Cal Fire said in its latest update.
It has destroyed 143 structures from Tuesday: 75 homes and 68 other types of structures.
Despite its size, no one has died in Mendocino Complex Fire, said Ms Tolmachoff. By contrast, Carr Fire, who also burns in northern California, killed seven people and destroyed more than 1,600 buildings. It is the 12th largest in California history, about 164,000 acres.
Of the 20 largest wildernesses in California, about half came the last decade, according to Cal Fire.
“It says a lot about how things change in California,” said Tolmachoff.