California wildfire declared 'largest in state's history'

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Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have continued to grow in Northern California, making the Mendocino Complex Fire the fourth largest wildfire in California history.

In contrast to the current largest fire in state history, the 2017 Thomas Fire, which burned for over a month before being contained, the Mendocino Complex has attained this enormous size in under two weeks.

The table released by CAL FIRE on August 4, 2018 does not include the Mendocino Complex, since it is still very actively growing.

The blaze has spread to 94,331 acres and firefighters have contained 39 percent, according to authorities. It was almost halfway contained, Cal Fire said.

In fact, "we have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires", Daniel Berlant, CalFire assistant deputy director, told The New York Times.

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More than 14,000 firefighters are battling over a dozen major blazes throughout California, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

Reinforcements have been called in to fight 16 large wildfires in California, with the Army sending 200 soldiers to battle the blazes from the air. The Mendocino Complex Fires, which have killed two people, have grown to a combined 273,664.

The Ferguson Fire started on July 13.

This is the seventh death associated with the Carr Fire, and the ninth death of this wildfire season. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures. On Monday he reminded people that the fires in the Western U.S. have been more intense due to an overabundance of dead timber that officials are not able to remove without facing lawsuits. If all goes well, we'll have the fire tied in at the top of Cow Mountain by the end of shift (Sunday) or early Monday.

Mandatory evacuations are in place throughout Shasta and Trinity counties. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" - tweet Sunday.

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Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt. Brian Hughes.

They have been deployed to fires in the Pacific Northwest and California. Fueled by low humidity, triple-digit temperatures and winds blowing across wide swaths of tinder-dry vegetation, the conflagration has expanded to three counties, surrounded an entire river and parts of neighboring reservoirs, and destroyed and damaged almost 170 homes and other structures.

Trump appears to have conflated the state's real water controversy between farmers and environmentalists with the unrelated issue of firefighting.

As of Sunday morning, the fire has burned 154,524 acres and is 41 percent contained.

"The problem here is he's not acknowledging the role climate change is playing in California's fire problem, and the scale of the problem is far beyond anything he's talking about doing", Westerling says.

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