Marysville fire grows to second-most destructive fire in California history

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A third wildfire burning nearly a mile from the Oregon border has become the biggest in California history in terms of acreage.

Wildfire officials report the wildfire growing into the second most destructive blaze on record, after the Camp fire in 2017, which is now the third most destructive fire in California history.

The fire continues to grow and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the city of Marysville, Oregon, as it has moved west into parts of California.

The fire is about 20 miles southeast of Marysville, the city of 2,500 residents described as “historically dry” by the National Weather Service’s Pacific Southwest branch.

The Marysville blaze was about 10% contained by Wednesday afternoon and was expected to likely remain that way for another 48 hours. But Oregon governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday in the area as the fire threatened the northern Oregon city of Burns.

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She said about 1,000 people were still inside the Marysville fire evacuation zone.

“We expect that the Marysville fire will not re-ignite in the next few days as the winds have shifted to the north,” Brown said in a statement. “The entire area is under a burn ban and evacuation advisory.”

State fire officials said they expected to end the evacuation order by Friday, though the fire would continue to burn for days to come.

In an email to constituents, Brown said the fire was being fueled by dry fuels and that the fire was expected to continue to grow larger as it burned into an area once known as the ‘Burning River Valley.’

“Burning River Valley” was a name the Oregon legislature gave to the area in 1887 as it was a

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