Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

One of the 17 major wildfires burning in California, the Mendocino Complex Fire grew to be the second-largest wildfire in the state's history Monday, officials said.

Nine people have been killed so far, including four firefighters.

It is the largest of eight major fires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state. But fierce, hot winds continue to whip flames into a frenzy.

Of the two fires that makeup the Mendocino Complex Fire, the River Fire, which has burned over 48,000 acres, has the largest containment, sitting at 58 percent contained.

The Ranch Fire was just 22 percent contained and the River Fire was 50 percent contained.

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to USA media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to tackle these wildfires.

The fire remained several miles from the evacuated communities along the eastern shore of the lake, but "it looks like there's dicey weather on the way", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Jane LaBoa said.

"Over the past 48 hours, fire has impacted all of the roads used to access Yosemite Valley, burning dead and downed trees that can become very explosive and fall without warning", according to the National Park Service.

'Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort, ' the governor wrote in the request Friday.

The fire has razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, state officials say. The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding.

Firefighting costs have more than tripled from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $773 million in the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to Cal Fire.

Mandatory evacuations are in place throughout Shasta and Trinity counties.

Firefighters from Victoria and South Australia are also preparing to battle blazes in Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

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.

The amount of work on this fire is truly tremendous and expensive, with California rapidly running through the money budgeted for the summer fire season.

THE FACTS: Trump is raising an old dispute in California, the country's top farm state: the competition for water between agricultural and environmental groups, fishermen and others who want more water for wildlife and habitat.

"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.

"The water that reaches the ocean is what's left after we've diverted most of the water away for cities and farms, and what little is left is barely enough for California's aquatic ecosystems and the fisheries", he said.

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