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08-06-18]

The Mendocino Complex fires have grown tens of thousands of acres over the weekend in hot, dry weather. The fire’s blackened more than 273,000 acres, making it the fourth largest wildfire in state history. The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties last December just barely ahead, that one was stopped at nearly 282,000 acres. Last October’s Tubbs Fire is the most destructive fire in state history. The bigger fire in the Mendocino Complex, the Ranch Fire has no sign it’ll be out soon, losing some containment over the weekend from 23% to now 21% contained. It blew up more than 100,000 more acres this weekend. State Senator Mike McGuire says there’s a good chance the fire will become the largest fire in California history. The Ranch and River fires together are 30 percent contained. 75 homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed. 9,300 structures are threatened.

Airbnb’s Open Homes program is helping fire victims, offering free temporary housing for people who’ve been evacuated from their homes, and to relief workers sent to the area to help. The program for those displaced due to the Mendocino Complex Fires and the Carr Fire. It started at the end of last month for those in the Shasta County region for those impacted in several counties. It’s now being extended thru August 17th, with the company encouraging hosts to help out across Northern California and Southern Oregon. For its part Airbnb waives all booking fees and charges for anyone signing up for the program.

Some Northshore communities protected by firefighters over the weekend as the Mendocino Complex fire grew thousands of acres. Cal Fire says there are fire lines on the ridges of the Northshore for those in Upper Lake in the west to Clearlake Oaks in the east. Lake Co News reports sending a reporter to the area and seeing Clearlake Oaks and Glenhaven along Highway 20 looked safe without a burn scar. And no fire activity was seen by the news site in the town of Lucerne either. The Ranch Fire was seen burning off High Valley Road above Clearlake Oaks.

Another death due to the Carr Fire. The seventh death was a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee who died working near Whiskeytown Lake. 21 year old Jay Ayeta working on service that had been cut off to areas affected by the massive fire. He was killed in a car accident, PG&E is investigating exactly what happened. There’s a Gofundme page set up for Ayeta. The fire’s burned 163,000 acres and is 45% contained. Nearly 1,100 homes have burned in the fire with another 1,200 threatened.

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