How the Mendocino Complex fire became the largest in California history


Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is now only 30 percent contained.

Last year's Thomas fire, which consumed 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, remains the state's largest on record.

Cal Fire officials said water-dropping aircraft made some progress against one of the fires in the complex over the weekend, while the other has grown substantially, spreading into the Mendocino National Forest.

The blaze is now larger than NY city and is approaching the size of Los Angeles.

The Mendocino Complex is technically two separate fires.

They have been dubbed the Mendocino Complex.

He was the seventh person to die in that blaze, which has scorched more than 160,000 acres (64,750 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames, and two firefighters.

The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old apprentice PG&E lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said on Sunday was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in risky terrain. They will be trained in wildland firefighting skills and outfitted with the same firefighting gear civilian wildland firefighters use.

Fire officials have said that 95 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans, from camp fires left unattended to careless smoking, to sparks from vehicles and improperly maintained power lines. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures.

The Pentagon announced on Monday it would send 200 soldiers to help firefighters to fight the fires, many of which reached federal lands. It was also noticeably the only monster fire on Cal Fire's Top 20 list to occur in December.

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"This is pretty much the best weather conditions we can ask for, for the beginning part of August".

Before 2000, such monstrously large fires occurred far less frequently, according to state records.

Both fires began on July 27. That's higher than the five-year average for the same seven-month period ― 3,405 fires over 118,811 acres.

Dozens of fires are now burning across California.

Another major fire, Ferguson, has left two dead and forced the closure of part of the Yosemite national park, and is now only 38 percent contained.

The proposal has pitted farmers against fisheries and environmentalists, but Trump's attempt to connect the debate to wildfires doesn't pass muster.

Is there one fire, or are there two?

Brown has called the wildfires "the new normal." .

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the blazes across the state of California.

The other fire that makes up the "complex" is the River Fire west of Clear Lake.