California fires become largest in state’s history

Two wildfires raging in northern California, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex, have become the largest in the state’s history and turned an area the size of Los Angeles into ash. Since their ignition on 27 July, flames have devastated 283,800 acres of land, claimed more than 70 homes and 11,000 structures, and forced thousands to flee the region. Authorities say that the fires are only 30 per cent contained and may not be fully under control for at least another week, despite having 14,000 firefighters on the ground.