The Mendocino Complex Fire has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee.
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A sprawling blaze in Northern California grew Monday into the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, a day after President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency, highlighting the ferociousness of this year's fire season.U.S. fire officials expect it to take another nine days to fully contain the so-called Mendocino Complex Fire, which had scorched 110,748 hectares by Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.The Mendocino Complex Fire has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee.Still only 30 percent contained, it is one of 17 major wildfires burning across California that prompted Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state Sunday, ordering federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts. Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday, and authorities were letting some evacuees return.More than 1,100 firefighters were deployed to fight the blaze.
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