Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the weekend to make it the second largest in the state’s history.
No one has been injured in the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of two fires — the Ranch Fire and the River Fire — burning around Clear Lake, in Northern California.
Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are currently battling. Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 273,664 acres — growing about 70% over the weekend. As of Monday morning, it was 30% contained and had destroyed 75 residences.
Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 17 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.
Farther north in Shasta County, the devastating Carr Fire claimed its seventh victim Saturday when a Pacific Gas & Electric worker died while working with a crew to restore power, utility spokesman J.D. Guidi said.
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.
More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires across California. Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand are coming to the state to help.