10 Most Devastating Fires in US in 18 Years (Mendocino Complex Fire Is Now Largest in California History) – Infographic

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Horrible wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the last three days, making it the largest in the state’s history.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 283,000 acres, making it the largest blaze in California’s history so far in terms of acreage burned. The Mendocino Complex fire is comprised of the Ranch and River fires burning around Clear Lake, in several counties in Northern California.

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A total of 9,200 structures are being threatened, while 130 have been destroyed. To put this in perspective, the massive blaze is burning an area larger than New York City.

However, likely no one has been injured and no fatalities we reported. Firefighters will continue to face local gusty winds and building heat this week.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire has now surpassed last year’s Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as the largest fire in Cal Fire history.
Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.

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Nexter.org has prepared an infographic showing 10 biggest wildfires in US history in terms of acreage burned that occurred in last 18 years.

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The Carr Fire has destroyed over 1,000 residential structures with more than 1,200 structures still threatened. Seven people have died in the fire, including two firefighters. The blaze has charred more than 164,000 acres and is 47 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The Carr Fire is currently the sixth-most destructive wildfire, in terms of structures burned, in California’s history and the 13th deadliest on record in state.

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Over the weekend, the White House approved a disaster declaration for Shasta County, allowing affected residents from the Carr Fire to apply for federal disaster assistance such as temporary housing, home repairs and other programs.

At the same time, President Donald Trump blamed the state’s environmental laws for the wildfires.

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“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized,” he tweeted Sunday. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

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Mendocino Complex Fire Explodes Is Now Largest in California History - Infographic Shows 10 Most Devastating Fires in US in 18 Years
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Mendocino Complex Fire Explodes Is Now Largest in California History - Infographic Shows 10 Most Devastating Fires in US in 18 Years
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Horrible wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the last three days, making it the largest in the state's history.
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