A look at California's largest wildfires, by the numbers

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Crews also gained ground against another Northern California wildfire that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed almost 170 homes and other structures, according to The Washington Post.

The U.S. Forest Service reported that the fire crossed a highway Sunday evening, forcing crews to retreat from the fire's edge.

The two fires, the River and Ranch fires, burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident.

Other major wildfires are also burning across the state, including the 94,000-acre Ferguson Fire which has closed down Yosemite National Park indefinitely, and the 167,000-acre Carr Fire - the twelfth largest in state history - which last week produced a towering fire tornado.

Aerial view of Trabuco Canyon as a tanker aircraft dumps load onto Holy Fire, Near Santiago Peak, California, U.S., August 6, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Both Sierra National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest are affected now too.

The Mendocino Complex fire is burning in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, just north of wine country in Northern California. Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres - growing about 80% since Friday night.


Two fires mercilessly roaring through northern California have grown so rapidly that they are now the largest ever to ravage the state, authorities said.

"Let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires". Seventy five residences have been destroyed.

On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 4,000 acres. Despite decades of warnings about the dangers of building new homes in fire-prone areas, more than a third of the houses built in the United States since 2000 have been in these areas.

The Mendocino Complex Fire grew under conditions ripe for an aggressive, fast-moving wildfire. While forest thinning and prescribed burns can help reduce fire risk, they are labor-intensive and must be done regularly.

"The Ranch Fire remained active overnight expanding further north and east, continuing to challenge fire crews due to limited access, heavy fuel loads, low fuel moisture, and high temperatures", Cal Fire said, adding that resources will continue to be deployed to all areas of the Ranch Fire perimeter. Numerous largest fires in state history were caused by humans. And in the case of the most recent California fires-which have burned populated areas as well as forests-hot, dry, windy weather is playing a bigger role than vegetative fuel loading.

A man watches the Thomas Fire in the hills above Carpinteria, California, December 11, 2017.

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