Raging Mendocino Complex fire becomes largest in California history (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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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.

Emily Carlin, spokeswoman for Rep. Jeff Denham, a California Republican and almond farmer who is one of the most vocal in the calls for more water for farms, said Monday she didn't know of her boss raising any argument about scanty water for firefighting.

A sprawling blaze in Northern California grew on Monday into the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency, highlighting the ferociousness of this year's fire season.

A combination of wildfires raging north of San Francisco, which already has consumed an area nearly as big as Los Angeles, is on pace to become the largest in California history, fire officials said.

"It is extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely unsafe", McLean continued. The expansive fire is burning north of Clear Lake and through the Mendocino National Forest.

Through July 29, the agency said it responded to 3,770 fires across 292,455 acres.

Authorities have evacuated cabins in two communities in the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County because of a fast-moving wildfire. The raging wildfire has destroyed 68 homes and forced evacuations in three Northern California counties. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.




The Ranch Fire is the larger of the two fires, having consumed more than 225,000 acres so far. Forestry experts say thinning trees is a well-established practice that can reduce the severity of fires.

The scorching hot weather - tipped to top 43C (110F) - has been blamed for the quick spread of the blaze which has also been fuelled by tinder dry vegetation....

Map of Mendocino Complex Fire as of August 7, 2018.

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. "The fire's not going to get up and move", Hoon said. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

On Tuesday, administration officials declined to offer any clarity on Trump's series of tweets claiming environmental laws and water regulations in California are hampering the state's ability to fight the wildfires.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line".

Almost 4,000 fire personnel, including 441 fire fighters, were battling the wildfire. Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.

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