The Latest: Officials worry about Southern California four

The Latest on California Wildfires (all times local):

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A smokey Southern California forest fire is raging in mostly unoccupied land but firefighting crews are concerned that the flames could race downhill towards foothill communities

The blaze churning through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles is just 5 percent held Wednesday morning.

Flames that erupted Monday have blackened almost 6 and half square miles (17 square kilometers) or dry brush and timber. Verschillende cabins hebben verbrand en twee landelijke canyons en sommige campings zijn geëvacueerd.

Geen huizen zijn onmiddellijk bedreigd, maar sommige bewoners hebben vrijwillig geëvacueerd. Officials warn that thick smoke blanketing neighborhoods are creating unhealthy conditions.

About 385 firefighters are working in rugged terrain amid scorching temperatures with help from 1

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California’s four officials say they expect to gain control of the biggest blow in state history in September.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday the blaze burning near Clear Lake in Northern California has destroyed 116 homes since It started threatening another 10,000.

The agency also says two firefighters were injured but provided no details.

Experts say California is seeing earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and home construction deeper into the forests.

The massive Mendocino Complex fire of twin blazes burning side-by-side expande more than 4,000 firefighters battling the blaze have contained 47 percent of it.

This version corrects that firefighters have contained 47 percent of the twin blazes, not one third.

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California could be facing the toughest wildfire season ever as some 18 gigantic blazes ravage the state – and the historically worst months are still to come.

Some 14,000 firefighters are battling fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed six lives thanks to wind-whipped flames that have caused an explosive spread through vegetation left tinder-dry by years of drought.

Mark Hartwig of the California Fire Chiefs Association says fires are burning more intensely and soon than before.

California’s largest recorded blaze – the side-by-side fires dubbed the Mendocino Complex – needed just 11 days to

A deadly fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the Redding area of ​​Northern California is less than 50 percent contained.

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