Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Largest wildfire in California history still growing

Largest wildfire in California history still growing

Two firefighters and four other people were also killed.

More than 3,700 firefighting personnel are battling the Mendocino Complex, one of about 17 wildfires burning in the state.

California has long had problems with fires during the summer but climate change has been blamed for the hotter weather and extremely dry vegetation which have aided them.

As of Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire shows little sign of slowing down.

In a pair of tweets that puzzled experts, Trump said the wildfires are worsened by "bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".

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. MATILIJA FIRE (Ventura County), Sept. 1932 Acres burned: 220,000 Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 8.

"We're experiencing the same thing every day, which is our afternoon winds and high winds in the area", said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino Complex Fire.

Since we last reported on the fire two days ago it has grown by 120,000 acres, according to the numbers released by CAL FIRE Monday morning.

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And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line".

The fire has razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, state officials say.

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

Also, evacuation warnings in areas of Mendocino and Lake counties have been lifted.

Keith Gilless is a UC Berkeley professor of forest economics and chairman of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Trump doubled-down on his earlier comments in a second tweet on Monday in which he accused the state "foolishly" diverting river water into the ocean, which environmental experts say is not accurate. In response to the devastating wildfires in Shasta County, Tri Counties Bank has created a verified GoFundMe campaign to help those impacted by the fires.

The Northern California fire is located near Clear Lake, just south of the Mendocino national forest.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement.

The fire is burning in mostly rural areas, though 143 buildings have been destroyed, including 75 homes, and 26 other buildings have been damaged.

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