California’s Happy Camp Complex wildfire getting larger
The U. S. Forest Service has warned that the Happy Camp Complex wildfire burning along the California-Oregon border is 'extreme' and it is getting larger day after day.
Ignited by a lightning strike on August 11, 2014, the fire has been burning in California's Klamath National Forest. By Thursday evening, it had engulfed an area of nearly 77,000 acres.
According to the national forest service, it is now largest wildfire in the Golden State. Firefighters have so far managed to contain only 19 per cent of the blaze.
The Happy Camp Complex wildfire grew nearly 5,000 acres overnight, overtaking the July Complex fire, which is now 78 per cent contained after burning an area of around 40,000 acres.
In a statement released on Wednesday, a fire spokesperson for the U. S. Forest Service said, "Yesterday, we had an increase in extreme fire behavior ... and we do expect the same extreme fire today."
Since the start of the blaze, several hundred families in the nearby communities in Siskiyou County have evacuated the area. Authorities have warned that as many as 750 homes are threatened.
The wildfire continued to expand even as more than 2,700 firefighters have been trying hard to douse the blaze, which has already cost the fire department nearly $41 million.
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