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California fires: Five things to know

California fires: Five things to know

The Mendocino Complex Fire has scorched a little more than 443 square miles, an area larger than the city of San Diego and nearly as large as Los Angeles, and it could still grow. This puts them at the number two spot on the list of largest wildfires in state history.

A number of complex fires fill the list of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history, including the 192,038-acre Klamath Theater Complex Fire near the OR state line in June 2008.

The so-called Mendocino Complex fire is only a couple of square miles larger than a deadly blaze last December but it's still growing. Seven people were killed and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

"There's some challenges that firefighters are facing near the fire and in the area of the fire".

"Yes, we have plenty of water", CalFire Chief Scott McLean said by telephone, adding that the two largest blazes in California this week - the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire - were each ringed by at least three major reservoirs.

The soldiers are not firefighters by trade, but Manning said the short training regimen will adequately prepare them for the tasks that they are given. But Nguyen said these have not happened in the affected areas. But officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

The Nevada County Strike Team, composed of engines from Ophir Hill Fire, Peardale Chicago Park Fire, Higgins Fire, Nevada County Consolidated Fire and Nevada City Fire is still assigned to the Ranch Fire on the Mendocino Complex.

The fire, which originally consisted of two separate fires that merged as they grew, has burned 114,800 hectares (about 1,150-square kilometres) of land so far - the size of Los Angeles.

More than 127 wildfires are burning across about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Firefighters are unlikely to see some respite. "We must be able to actively manage our forests and not face frivolous litigation when we try to remove these fuels". "Everything is still dry".

A residence on New Long Valley Rd burns as the Ranch Fire burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Crews will be leaving this week to head to California where the Mendocino Complex fire had grown to 283,800 acres Monday evening, earning its place as the largest wildfire in modern California history. That follows the deaths of two firefighters and four civilians.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the vast blaze that has been burning for two weeks. He also claimed water is "foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

As for water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", while there is a debate raging in California about how much water should be diverted to coastal communities versus farmers in the central part of the state, water is not being intentionally flushed into the ocean.

"Can be used for fires, farming and everything else", the president said.

Several fire experts, however, said the comments don't address the main factor in fire severity: human-caused climate change. "That's the ultimate driver behind what's happening in California". "It is clear to me that firefighters are on the front lines of climate change". Water diversion also contributes to increased salinity of delta ecosystems. "The fire's not going to get up and move", Hoon said.

President Donald Trump on Sunday approved California Gov.

The tweets baffled state officials, who quickly pointed out that water supplies are not the problem.