Crews gain ground on monster California wildfire

Crews gain ground on monster California wildfireBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling the largest wildfire in California's history took advantage of milder overnight temperatures to gain considerable ground in containing the blaze on Wednesday, a day after officials said it would take until September to snuff it out. The Mendocino Complex fire, which has scorched an area of northern California almost the size of Los Angeles, was 47 percent contained on Wednesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, up from 34 percent a day earlier. Overnight temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday should drop to a low of 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) but highs were forecast to hit 98 degrees (37 Celsius) on Wednesday and 99 degrees on Thursday, said Jennifer Guenehner of the National Weather Service.

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