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Thousands flee as fire two-thirds the size of LA rages in California

Firefighters say they have contained 34 percent of a wildfire in California’s Mendocino County, after it surged overnight to cover an area over two-thirds the size of LA, Reuters reports. Approximately 16,000 people were forced to flee their homes as the fire spread by over 25 percent on Friday to cover a total of 201,471 acres (81,500 hectares) by Saturday morning. Another fire located 100 miles to the northeast has already seen six deaths with 41 percent of that blaze reportedly under control. Both areas remain under a “red flag warning” due to the dry, hot weather and windy conditions.