Mendocino Complex Fire now 4th largest wildfire in California history

Mendocino Complex Fire now 4th largest wildfire in California history

Mendocino Complex Fire now 4th largest wildfire in California history

Multiple wildfires that together grew Monday to almost the size of Los Angeles could become the worst in fire-prone California's history, authorities warned.

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.

Meanwhile, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, says it's having no issue finding water to fight the fires.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, had burned 110,748 hectares as of Monday morning and was still growing, on track to potentially become the largest in state history.

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles. The fire surrounds Clear Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in the state, a vital habitat for fish and other wildfire and a spot for water sports enthusiasts. 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.

"It's the embers, not the fire itself, that destroy most homes", said Steve Conboy, a construction expert whose company develops fire-resistant chemicals to apply to wood.

"That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen".

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Seventeen wildfires are burning up and down California. As of late Monday, the fire was only 30 percent contained.

"In past decades, we may have seen a fire that we're seeing now in August or September", Ca Fire Director Ken Pimlott said during a press conference last week.

Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean.

"California does NOT divert water to the ocean", he told CNN in an email.

What are firefighters doing to stop the Mendocino Complex Fire?

"I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now", he said.

Asked to comment about the president's tweets, Brown spokesman Evan Westrup was dismissive: "This does not merit a response". Jerry Brown for a presidential major-disaster declaration, which would help fire victims in fire-ravaged Shasta County in the northern part of the state.

"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.

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