One day after President Trump declared the California wildfires a “major disaster,” the U.S. military said it’s preparing to deploy hundreds of active-duty soldiers with engineering specialties to combat the blazes, Fox News has learned.
As those blazes continue to churn, the Mendocino Complex roaring in Lake and Mendocino counties grew over the weekend into one of the largest blazes in California history.
Thousands of firefighters are currently battling the flames of 18 active wildfires, which are threatening communities from Redding in Northern California to Riverside County in Southern California. Two new blazes, one near Mendocino National Forest and one near Yuba City, broke out Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
The state’s biggest wildfire, the Carr Fire in Redding, has burned through 112,888 acres in the past week. It was just 30% contained as of Wednesday morning. More than 300 miles south, the 58,074-acre Ferguson Fire prompted Yosemite National Park officials to close the popular Yosemite Valley for the first time in 20 years — during peak tourism season.
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