Largest wildfire in California history still growing

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Dozens of wildfires are now burning in the state of California, threatening life and buildings.

At more than 290,692 acres, the fire spans more than 454.2 square miles.

Authorities say that the fires are only 30% contained and may not be fully under control for at least another week. For example, the Mendocino Complex Fire is burning near the expansive Clear Lake.

Denham has spoken out to the Trump administration against what he sees as state efforts to "push more fresh water out to the ocean", Carlin said.

They take aim at the biggest wildfires in two ways and in much of the same way the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has for decades.

"Over 10,000 structures are threatened by these fires and 2,000 fires have been destroyed".

One firefighter and one civilian died in the Thomas Fire, though later mudslides in the region in January 2018 - caused by the burn scars - killed 21 more people.

Late Monday, the wildfires known as the Mendocino Complex, became the state's largest wildfire in history.

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NOAH BERGER via Getty Images The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday. 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.

Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand have also flown over to share their expertise in battling bush fires.

Typically, temperatures dip and humidity rises overnight, giving fire crews a window to slow down the spread of the wildfires.

Following a request to respond as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, the Frisco Fire Department said it will send four firefighters and a brush truck to California.

Fire officials have condemned the presidents comments, saying that they are not in fact struggling to source enough water to contain the fires.

Some 14,000 firefighters are battling 18 major blazes burning thousands of square kilometres throughout California with aircraft, assorted vehicles and picks and shovels.

A number of air tankers have been used as well to drop fire retardant, as well as 15 helicopters to help dump water in the area. "You got steep terrain that makes it hard for firefighters". 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.

"California is going through a really heartbreaking fire season right now", he added.

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