Mendocino Complex Fire grows to become largest in California history

Firefighters fight to save a structure on New Long Valley Rd as the Ranch Fire burns near Clearlake Oaks California on Aug. 4 2018

Two fires in northern California have become the largest in the state's history, fire officials have said.

The Mendocino Complex fires have swelled to become larger than the deadly Carr Fire, about 160 km to the northeast, which has killed at least six people and destroyed more than 1,500 structures. Dry, hot winds fueled both blazes, which have collectively charred more than 358 square miles (927 square kilometers) of brush and timber. Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump said. It was 45 percent contained.

The fire is made up of two separate conflagrations - Ranch Fire and River Fire - which merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest.

NOAH BERGER via Getty Images The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen major blazes throughout California, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

Neither the drought, nor California's water management policies, have stopped firefighters from using all the water they need to fight this year's wildfires, experts say.

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.

California has not been suffering record temperatures, but the minimum overnight temperatures for the month of July at 64.9 degrees were a record since the weather service began collecting accurate data in 1950 and about 5 degrees warmer than the average over 68 years, according to Wildfire Today.

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A seventh death has been reported in the battle against the Carr Fire. Another 9,000 buildings are threatened.

The fires in Northern California have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for parts of Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties.

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley said of firefighters who had cut buffer lines around 30 percent of the blaze. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.

Fire officials have condemned the presidents comments, saying that they are not in fact struggling to source enough water to contain the fires.

They have been deployed to fires in the Pacific Northwest and California.

In an unrelated long-running dispute, farmers have demanded more water to irrigate crops for years, while environmentalists say diverting more water to crops would kill off fish stock and hurt rivers.

"Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed by state, local, and private landholders, and the choked, dying, or burned federal forests", McClintock said. Jerry Brown's Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request to help impacted communities in Shasta County, where the Carr Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings. "When we are fighting these fires, we are trying to protect all life - wild and domestic".

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