Battling 18 Blazes, California May Face Worst Fire Season


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 quickly than before.
California’s largest recorded blaze – the side-by-side fires dubbed the Mendocino Complex – needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.
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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