Largest wildfire in California history

A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks on Saturday

The Mendocino Complex fire has become the largest wildfire recorded in modern California history.

The Ranch Fire, the bigger of the two blazes that make up the Mendocino Complex Fire, has continued to grow in multiple directions, threatening communities in its path, according to Cal Fire.

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley said of firefighters who had cut buffer lines around 30 percent of the blaze.

"We're experiencing the same thing every day, which is our afternoon winds and high winds in the area", said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino Complex Fire.

It was unclear what caused the blaze, but the fire was one of more than a dozen burning amid record-setting heat waves in the drought-stricken state, according to Cal Fire.

The Mendocino Complex Fire expanded almost 80 percent over the weekend and has now scorched more than 283,000 acres north of San Francisco, forcing more than 20,000 people to evacuate and destroying at least 75 homes so far. "That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen", he said on Monday.

Firefighters predict they'll fully contain the Mendocino Complex fire by August 15.

Its intensity was so great at one point, that it generated a tornado-like fire storm - as well as its own weather system.

The wildfire claimed another victim over the weekend, bringing the total to seven dead from the massive blaze.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires across California.




After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response".

The SAFD hopes its crew will help in the fight, adding to the more than 4,700 fire personnel who are now battling the Carr Fire. Another large fire that is still now uncontained, the Carr Fire, is climbing the list at number 12.

It's the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, and that have claimed the lives of 7 people.

On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 1,200 acres.

The Northern California fire is located near Clear Lake, just south of the Mendocino national forest.

Both fires began on July 27. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures.

The Ranch Fire is the larger of the two fires, having consumed more than 225,000 acres so far.

That's a different issue from fire management, experts say, and there's no shortage of water in the areas where wildfires are happening.

How many homes have been destroyed by the Mendocino Complex Fire?

"There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters".

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