Mendocino Complex Fire Becomes Largest Blaze in California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Becomes Largest Blaze in California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Becomes Largest Blaze in California History

Another major wildfire is tearing through California and it's growing at a phenomenal pace.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is actually two separate fires, both of which began burning in late July: the Ranch Fire and the River Fire.

More than 15 major blazes are now burning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire.

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have continued to grow in Northern California, making the Mendocino Complex Fire the fourth largest wildfire in California history.

Seventy-five homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Trump's tweet went on: "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

Trump's claims are false, according to California officials and wildfire experts. On Monday he reminded people that the fires in the Western U.S. have been more intense due to an overabundance of dead timber that officials are not able to remove without facing lawsuits. "That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen", he said on Monday. The Carr Fire is now the 12th largest fire recorded in the state.

Crews will continue to work on tying in remaining containment lines on the River Fire, Cal Fire reported.

Wind swept flames from the Ranch fire threaten the town of Nice near Upper Lake, California, on August 3, 2018.

While no casualties have yet been reported, the fires which have been raging throughout Northern California since July 27, have already destroyed 75 residences and are now threatening another 11,300 structures. Burning through nearly 160,000 acres, it was 47% contained by late Monday. Jerry Brown told reporters Saturday. "California does NOT divert water to the ocean".

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold - a crewmember on the ISS' current Expedition 56 along with Gerst and four other spaceflyers - posted some fire photos of his own via Twitter today (Aug. 6).

Trump declared the California bushfires a major disaster, which allows the state and those affected to access federal funds.

Evan Westrup, Brown's spokesman, said the president's tweets do not "merit a response".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE is solidifying his opposition to California's environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state's historic wildfires.

The SAFD hopes its crew will help in the fight, adding to the more than 4,700 fire personnel who are now battling the Carr Fire.

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