California’s biggest wildfire on record is expected to burn for the rest of the month.
The fire has already engulfed 117,639 hectares – almost the size of Los Angeles or from Warkworth to Hamilton.
Barely a third of it is under control, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire – which comprises two blazes in the state’s north – was declared the biggest in California’s history yesterday.
The fire has burned 75 buildings and led to thousands of evacuations.
At least 14,000 firefighters are struggling to contain the multiple outbreaks.
Fire crews from Australia and more than 30 New Zealanders have also flown over to share their expertise in battling bush fires.
The New Zealand team, including people from defence and Department of Conservation personnel and contractors, will have to work 12 to 14 hour-long days in extreme conditions.