Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History

A firetruck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) in Lakeport, California, U.S. July 31, 2018.

An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning along High Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, Aug. 5, 2018.

While President Donald Trump rolls back environmental regulations aimed at curbing the climate crisis and doubles down on ignorant right-wing talking points about the wildfires ravaging California, climate scientists continue to raise alarm as the Mendocino Complex blaze has become the largest recorded in state history.

A combination of wildfires raging north of San Francisco, which already has consumed an area nearly as big as Los Angeles, is on pace to become the largest in California history, fire officials said.

However, Trump is also touching on complaints that environmental policies stop land managers from clearing brush, dead trees and other biomass in forests that feed fires, and experts say that is a legitimate debate.

The blaze is the deadliest of the fires racing through the state. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

In addition, Cal Fire has been engaged in a clearance operation since the fires began to halt their advance; one of the fatalities recorded was a bulldozer operator engaged in clearing operations when his bulldozer slipped.

A separate blaze - the Carr fire, further north - has killed at least seven people and destroyed more that 1,500 structures.

"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season. That fire ended up burning 281,893 acres before being contained.

Seventeen wildfires are burning up and down California. He also claimed water is "foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

It is only 30 percent contained so far, with authorities warning it could take another week to get the blaze under control.

'Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! "Now they're doing three to four huge fires in a week".

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response". Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.

MORE than 14,000 firefighters including prison volunteers are battling "catastrophic" wildfires raging through California - which can be seen from space.

"Congress and the president could help out with that by, rather than cutting fire funding, putting more money into basic" prevention efforts, he said.

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