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>> The massive out of control Mendicino complex fire has exploded in size, becoming the second largest wildfire California has ever seen. And with gusting winds, triple digit temperatures, and almost no chance of rain in the area this week, fire officials expect it to take another nine days to fully contain.
The two fires that make up the Mendocino complex fire have charred more than 270,000 acres, destroyed more than 75 homes, and forced thousands to flee. The inferno just one of 17 major wildfires wreaking havoc across California. There have been at least nine deaths reported. Fire officials say it's been a challenging and deadly fire season from the start.
>> Just in the month of July, four firefighters perished fighting the fires in California. Many, many civilians and members of the public have been put at risk, injured, and a number of fatalities. Over the weekend, some evacuees were able to return to their homes in Redding, where the Carr fire has been burning for more than two weeks.
President Trump on Sunday declared the wildfires a major disaster, and made federal funding available to help with recovery efforts.