Southern California wildfire becomes the largest wildfire in state’s history

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A wildfire south of Los Angeles is growing rapidly as it plows through the Cleveland National Forest. The blaze that erupted Monday has scorched 6 square miles (16 square kilometers), destroyed one building and prompted evacuations of two canyons and some campgrounds. It’s the latest of nearly 20 large fires that are burning in California. The largest is a twin-fire system north of San Francisco that has burned 75 homes and more than 440 square miles (1,100 square kilometers) of forest and rural lands, making it the largest fire in recorded California history. 

A wildfire last December in Southern California previously held the record. The Thomas Fire also killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings. Authorities say twin blazes rapidly spreading in Northern California have become the state’s largest wildfire in history.

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