The wildfires are "extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely unsafe", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze was only 30% contained.
It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous USA state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.
Officials said the Mendocino Complex fire has continued to grow by thousands of acres each day, even at night, when most fires normally calm down. It continues to threaten 9,300 homes and structures in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties as almost 4,000 firefighters work to take hold of the aggressive flames. "This year's changing weather pattern is leading to more severe and destructive wildfires".
On Monday, twin fires north of San Francisco burning just miles apart became the largest collective wildfire in state history after destroying more than 443 square miles of forest and rural areas. At a time when fires are becoming increasingly expensive, and climate change is making the problem worse, wildfire science is needed more than ever.
"We are routinely now seeing fires reach 100,000 acres several times in one month and it's only July, so we have a long way to go in this fire season, and as we saw past year fire season can go right up through December". Another 12 homes and 14 structures have been damaged, too, and 9,300 homes and other buildings are still threatened by the inferno, officials say. It's just 21% contained and is growing fast, jumping at least four creeks, a major road and a fire line in a six-mile stretch this weekend.
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Northern California is grappling with one of the largest wildfires in the history of California. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres. Jerry Brown's administration is sending water from "the North" into the Pacific Ocean.
"There were no firefighters here whatsoever until I called 911 and they sent some firefighters because they were all back in the valley paying attention to other fires", said Easter. That likely references either future federal funding assistance or his approval to move water stored in federal facilities to help fight the California fires. Steele's district includes the towns that still have fire above them, and in some places, creeping down the ridge.
Some 3,908 firefighters, 441 fire engines, and 15 aircraft continue to battle the flames.
Trump issued an Emergency Declaration for the state on July 28, and Brown has now requested that the president declare a major disaster.
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....