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


As of Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire shows little sign of slowing down.

"We broke the record", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with Cal Fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While President Donald Trump rolls back environmental regulations aimed at curbing the climate crisis and doubles down on ignorant right-wing talking points about the wildfires ravaging California, climate scientists continue to raise alarm as the Mendocino Complex blaze has become the largest recorded in state history. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed almost 170 homes and other structures, according to The Washington Post. In rural areas up north, what began as two small fires more than a week ago have grown at breathtaking speed to form the Mendocino Complex Fire, a massive and still-growing inferno that has charred an area nearly the size of Los Angeles. There they'll wait for the blaze to come to them while lighting "backfires" to clear vegetation between the fire line and the approaching blaze.

The tweets baffled state officials, who quickly pointed out that water supplies are not the problem.

Temperatures will remain hot all week across much of the state including Southern California, where red flag warnings for increased fire danger are in place. But Nguyen said these have not happened in the affected areas.

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The San Antonio Fire Department said it is preparing to send a crew to Northern California to help first responders with the Carr Fire.

But fire crews made progress against the other blaze, which is now 78 percent contained. The fire was 47% contained as of late Monday, according to Cal Fire.

More than 11,000 structures are threatened.

The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident.

Aerial view of Trabuco Canyon as a tanker aircraft dumps load onto Holy Fire, Near Santiago Peak, California, U.S., August 6, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

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Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean.

State authorities responded by saying California's water supply was not "diverted" anywhere.

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response". Jerry Brown had written in his request to Trump for a presidential major disaster declaration.

"I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now", he said.

Firefighters fight to save a structure on New Long Valley Rd as the Ranch Fire burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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