Twin blazes form California's largest wildfire in history

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

The Mendocino Complex fire, which includes two blazes along the Mendocino National Forest, had chewed through more than 273,600 acres as of Monday morning, and is now the second-largest ever recorded in the state. Two firefighters and four other people were also killed.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the vast blaze that has been burning for two weeks near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling the flames about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR state line.

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. Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking.

"We are routinely now seeing fires reach 100,000 acres several times in one month and it's only July, so we have a long way to go in this fire season, and as we saw previous year fire season can go right up through December". MATILIJA FIRE (Ventura County), Sept. 1932 Acres burned: 220,000 Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 8.

Crews made progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook.

President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires.

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At the southeastern end of the fire, where it began, the area has been burnt out and mopped up, and no fire threat remains, which allowed for the opening of Hwy. 20.

On Sunday, 140 fire managers and specialists from Australia and New Zealand underwent special training and were outfitted with safety gear at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, before being deployed to battle fires in the Pacific Northwest and California. It has killed two firefighters and five civilians, and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

The strike team has been prepping structures ahead of the fast-moving fire, making homes more defensible and increasing the chances of saving the residences.

More than 14,000 firefighters and hundreds of U.S. army personnel are trying to contain the more than a dozen major fires burning throughout the state. With mandatory evacuations in place in parts of Mendocino and Lake Counties authorities warn that only 30 percent of the blaze has been contained so far.

Some believe Mr Trump's tweets refer to a row about water supplies, fish habitat protection and local farmers - but environmental experts say this has no relevance to the state's firefighting capability.

The fires in Northern California have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading. The fire was 43% contained as of late Sunday, according to Cal Fire. "We must be able to actively manage our forests and not face frivolous litigation when we try to remove these fuels".

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