Containment Of Massive Mendocino Fire Not Expected Until September

Containment Of Massive Mendocino Fire Not Expected Until September

The so-called Mendocino Complex has now surpassed the Thomas Fire, which burned 114,100 hectares in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in 2017, as the largest wildfires in California history.

More than 3,900 firefighters are working to contain the Mendocino Complex Fire, with more than 60 fire crews and 441 fire engines, according to Cal Fire.

More than 127 wildfires are burning across about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

That blaze has killed two firefighters and five civilians and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in risky terrain in Shasta County.

The fires have been significantly more destructive than a year ago, with 3,981 blazes reported so far burning 254,700 hectares in total. It has destroyed more than 100 structures since July 27, the Frisco Fire Department said.

Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous".

"Look how big it got, just in a matter of days..."

At 443.4 square miles and growing, the Mendocino Complex blaze is now California's largest ever wildfire. That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen, ' he said.

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

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County".

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

It has claimed more than 1,600 buildings, majority homes.

For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California's wetter north to the drier, more populated south.

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

Trump's tweet comes after California water officials ignited a debate this summer by proposing a plan to limit the amount of water that can be drawn from the San Joaquin River for use in cities and farmlands.

'Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! Jerry Brown had written in his request to Trump for a presidential major disaster declaration. The tweets puzzled not only the state officials, but also scientists, who said that Trump not only failed to address human-caused climate change but also seemed to confuse the completely separate issues of fire protection and water management.

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