California: Mendocino Complex biggest wildfire in state history

Geraldine Edwards
August 8, 2018

The Carr Fire has displaced more than 40,000 people, while the Mendocino Complex Fire has grown to the fifth-largest in state history. When fires burn in an area that happens to be without ponds, lakes or rivers, state officials typically call in more planes to ferry in water, McLean said. Firefighters aren't running out of water as they battle the blazes, experts said.

He was the seventh person to die in that blaze, which has scorched more than 160,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames, and two firefighters. Officials said it killed a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee Saturday in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, bringing the death toll to seven.

On Twitter Sunday and Monday, the president claimed that California's "bad environmental laws. aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized".

Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand arrived in California to help. 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. That fire ended up burning 281,893 acres before being contained.

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Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger. "Despite personal loss in many cases, they've managed to not only keep open the Outpatient Clinic's doors, but travel deep into the community to ensure displaced veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve".

According to CBS News, there are now at least 18 major wildfires throughout the state of California that have killed nine people.

The so-called Holy Fire, in southern California, grew dramatically and rapidly on Monday, with two hikers needing to be airlifted to safety.

A geophysicist and volcanologist, Gerst also worked as a volunteer firefighter while in school, according to his ESA biography. But officials say it threatens 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

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The report says the death of the 10-year veteran highlights the need for better risk assessment, communication and supervision. Cal Fire Mendocino is sharing new alerts with haste on their Twitter , and Mendocino Complex Fire incident page .

Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain to battle wildfire in Shasta County.

Scott McLean, also a Cal Fire spokesman, said he doesn't understand the president's comments.

More than 14,000 firefighters are fighting various fires across the north west of the US.

Since being ignited on 27 July they have devastated 283,000 acres (443.4 square miles).

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Another major fire, Ferguson, has left two dead and forced the closure of part of the Yosemite national park, and is now only 38 percent contained.

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