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California’s largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of California’s biggest wildfire on Friday as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state’s worst fire seasons in a decade.

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

A couple of fast-growing wildfires in northern California expanded to more than two-thirds the size of sprawling Los Angeles as more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes and weary firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of California’s biggest wildfire on Friday as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state’s worst fire seasons in a decade. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

The Carr Fire spawned a “fire whirl” of flames and winds in excess of 143 mph (230 kph) on July 26 that had the strength of a severe tornado and uprooted trees and toppled power lines, according to a tweet by the National Weather Service. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Fueled by triple-digit temperatures, the blazes have put California on track for its most destructive fire year since 2008, in terms of area burned, said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Four wildland firefighters have died in California this year, twice as many as in all of 2017. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

The Mendocino Complex is now considered the sixth-largest wildfire in California history. Four of the state’s largest six fires have occurred since 2012. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Firefighters from 16 states have rushed to California, and authorities were reinforcing 3,232 personnel on the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of two blazes. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

Carla Bledsoe, facing camera, hugs her sister Sherry outside of the sheriff's office after hearing news that Sherry's children, James and Emily, and grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, were killed in a wildfire. (Source: AP)

California's largest wildfire surges as temperature rises

A thank you banner for fire fighters, first responders and hospital workers stands outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California. Dozens of staff members, including doctors, nurses and others at the medical center are keeping the hospital running despite losing their homes to the flames. (Source: AP)