California wildfires are largest in state history

North California wildfires expand to more than two-thirds the size of LA

The River and Ranch fires, which together are called the Mendocino Complex, blackened an area of 273,660 acres (110,750 hectares).

He went on to say that federal authorities have done a poor job of implementing methods to reduce the number of deadly fires, and that this has been devastating for America's wildlands.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement.

"Yes, we have plenty of water", CalFire Chief Scott McLean said by telephone, adding that the two largest blazes in California this week - the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire - were each ringed by at least three major reservoirs.

The Los Angeles Times explained that the likeliest explanation for Trump's tweet is that he's confused about stories from Central Valley farmers about irrigation.

Last August, JBLM soldiers gave support in battling blazes in northern California, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

More than 14,000 personnel from California and elsewhere in the country are fighting wildfires across the state. Another 11,300 structures remain threatened, according to Cal Fire. "We had some very erratic fire conditions and it actually crossed the dozer lines and made a hard push, (but) we were able to stop it at Bear Creek Road" and create solid dozer lines on the east section of the fire.

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He said: "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the free flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the north and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

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 Mendocino Complex Fire takes the top spot on the list of largest fires in state history from the Thomas Fire, which scorched Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in Southern California just last December.

The president criticized Gov. By nightfall, the fire had burned 4,000 acres (6 square miles or 16 square kilometers) of chaparral-covered hillsides and destroyed one building.

California has long had problems with fires during the summer but climate change has been blamed for the hotter weather and extremely dry vegetation which have aided them.

In Shasta County, the Carr fire located near Redding, California has burned entire neighborhoods and forced thousands to flee. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

On Sunday, 140 fire managers and specialists from Australia and New Zealand underwent special training and were issued safety gear at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise before being deployed to fires in the Pacific Northwest and California.

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