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Mendocino Complex Fire grows to become largest in California history

08 August 2018, 01:39 | Tara Lloyd

Mendocino Complex Fire grows to become largest in California history

Mendocino Complex Fire grows to become largest in California history

The Department of Defense has also provided five aircraft to aid in fighting the wildfires, four C-130 cargo planes outfitted with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and an RC-26 surveillance plane, being used to monitor and map wildfires, Manning said. 101 in Hopland; all areas north of Mendocino-Sonoma County Line; and all areas west of the Mendocino-Lake County Line. 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.

Both Sierra National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest are affected now too. "That's one of those records you don't want to see".

The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two twin fires: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire.

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. It doesn't mean that the fires have necessarily joined - and in the case of the Mendocino Complex Fire, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire have yet to meet. It has scorched more than 290,000 acres, fire officials said Tuesday. Firefighters have achieved 78% containment on it as of Tuesday morning, making significant progress over Monday night.

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"Let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires". The fast moving brush fire has burned at least 4,000 acres. The tweets puzzled not only the state officials, but also scientists, who said that Trump not only failed to address human-caused climate change but also seemed to confuse the completely separate issues of fire protection and water management.

A Cal Fire spokesman declined to comment on Trump's claims but said crews did not lack water to fight the flames.

Nine people have died as a result of other fires in the state since July, however.

That's just a glimpse of the devastation that California's fire season has wrought so far this year. "In years past, there were one or two big fires a year".

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At 273,664 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire now sits at number two of California's largest wildfires.

Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions. Blazing temperatures during the day have exacerbated the wildfire.

Firefighters were battling the Mendocino Complex blaze supported by helicopters and airplanes - including two enormous DC-10s and a 747 jumbo jet - that doused the flames with water.

The fire sent up an enormous pillar of smoke and ash.

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It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous U.S. state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres. Of the 94,331 acres burned, firefighters have contained 39%, according to authorities.



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