A Wildfire in Northern California Is Now the Biggest in State History

A helicopter drops water while battling the Ranch Fire part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Clearlake Oaks California

California's Carr Fire Was Bad. The Mendocino Complex Fire Is Worse

Thousands of people have been forced to flee, at least 75 homes have been destroyed and 12 homes have been damaged. Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.

"We have plenty of water" for battling the massive blazes burning in hills north of San Francisco, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Mendocino fires are spreading so far they're now the biggest in the region's history.

Authorities have evacuated cabins in two communities in the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County because of a fast-moving wildfire. But Nguyen said these have not happened in the affected areas.

The Carr Fire, another active monster fire in Northern California, has the grim distinction of being one of the state's most destructive wildfires ever recorded.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is actually two separate fires, both of which began burning in late July: the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. The city of Los Angeles, by comparison, is about 300,000 acres.

"We are routinely now seeing fires reach 100,000 acres several times in one month and it's only July, so we have a long way to go in this fire season, and as we saw previous year fire season can go right up through December".

Firefighters are unlikely to see some respite. "That's what we're trying to prevent", Austin said. "Everything is still dry".

Almost half of the 10 largest California wildfires on record have occurred in the past decade, according to Reuters news agency.

While President Donald Trump rolls back environmental regulations aimed at curbing the climate crisis and doubles down on ignorant right-wing talking points about the wildfires ravaging California, climate scientists continue to raise alarm as the Mendocino Complex blaze has become the largest recorded in state history.

The fire has now spread to more than 163,000 acres and is only 45 percent contained, according to the department. Two firefighters and four other people were also killed.

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The White House did not immediately respond when asked about Gleick's comments.

Trump doubled down Monday, saying that California Gov.

"Can be used for fires, farming and everything else", the president said. "California does NOT divert water to the ocean". "That's the ultimate driver behind what's happening in California".

John Abatzoglou, a University of Idaho climatologist, called the tweets "confusing, if not completely incoherent" in an interview with The Post's Sarah Kaplan. Water diversion also contributes to increased salinity of delta ecosystems.

On Sunday, 140 fire managers and specialists from Australia and New Zealand underwent special training and were outfitted with safety gear at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, before being deployed to battle fires in the Pacific Northwest and California. The rivers and lakes from which fire crews get water to drop on fires are full.

It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to.

Local officials and experts have criticised and dismissed his tweets.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line". Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.

Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are now battling.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement. They are now deployed in California, Oregon, and Washington.

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