Mendocino Wildfire Becomes California's Largest, and It's Still Growing

Mendocino fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

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

Two fires mercilessly roaring through northern California have grown so rapidly that they are now the largest ever to ravage the state, authorities said.

The Mendocino Complex fire is burning in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, just north of wine country in Northern California. Cal Fire says the total blaze is now 30% contained. Seven people, including two firefighters, have died so far in relation to that fire. Two years ago, the Clayton fire tore through nearly 4,000 acres and 300 structures, many of them mobile homes and rentals.

Trump's claim "is so physically impossible, you don't even really want to respond", Lund said.

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County".

A total firefighting force of around 15,000 has now been deployed against the 18 fires burning in California. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" - tweet Sunday.

As of Monday, the Carr Fire had consumed 163,207 acres and was 45 percent contained.

Critics said his tweets ignored the greater wildfire frequency and severity experienced in California and other Western states from extreme drought and sustained periods of hot, dry weather, in keeping with the forecasts of climate scientists. That likely references either future federal funding assistance or his approval to move water stored in federal facilities to help fight the California fires. Despite decades of warnings about the dangers of building new homes in fire-prone areas, more than a third of the houses built in the United States since 2000 have been in these areas.

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As of Monday morning, the blaze has consumed 273,664 acres and destroyed 75 homes, as well as 68 other structures, according to Cal Fire, the California agency responsible for fire protection.

The Mendocino Complex fire has not killed anyone so far. It was listed as the sixth most-destructive in state history, having destroyed more than 1,600 structures, according to Cal Fire.

Both fires began on July 27.

A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest.

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to United States media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to carry out their work.

Another major fire, Ferguson, has left two dead and forced the closure of part of the Yosemite national park, and is now only 38 percent contained. Two firefighters and four residents, including two children, were also killed.

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