Largest wildfire in California history

Cheryl Sanders
August 7, 2018

"The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in the past four days and burned through 283,800 acres of parched land-an area nearly the size of Los Angeles", reports the Washington Post.

Twin wildfires in California, known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have grown to become the largest active wildfire in state history, officials say. As of late Monday, the fire was only 30 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex Fire began a little more than a week ago with two neighboring fires burning through only 9,500 acres of land, then rapidly spreading - at one point, by almost 30,000 acres within hours. As McLean of Cal Fire concluded: "It is extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely dangerous.Look how big it got, just in a matter of days.Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking".

With several major wildfires burning across California, officials suggested they would decide where to deploy the extra firefighters once they arrived.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the blazes across the state of California.

The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said on Sunday was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain.

No injuries or deaths have been reported among firefighters or civilians. It is 45 percent contained.

More than 11,000 structures are threatened.

In this file photo taken on August 04, 2018 Resident Lane Lawder carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home from the Ranch Fire burning down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California. It has destroyed 1,080 residences, according to Cal Fire. "We must be able to actively manage our forests and not face frivolous litigation when we try to remove these fuels".

Cal Fire online records show a growing number of wildfires in recent years.

Nine people have died as a result of other fires in the state since July, however.

The Mendocino Complex fire has not killed anyone so far.

In 2017, there were 3,662 fires in the same period, burning 90,340 hectares.

Trump doubled down Monday, saying that California Gov. Jerry Brown had written in his request to Trump for a presidential major disaster declaration.

Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighbourhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California.

On Tuesday, administration officials declined to offer any clarity on Trump's series of tweets claiming environmental laws and water regulations in California are hampering the state's ability to fight the wildfires.

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