Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

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.

The Mendocino Complex, which has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee, is the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state.

Officials said the River Fire, which is burning northeast of Ukiah, had limited movement overnight.

As of Monday afternoon, the Mendocino complex had destroyed a total of 87 residences and 82 other structures.

Tricia Austin, a spokesperson for CalFire, the state firefighting agency, said the fire was eating through the region's diverse topography, where remote homes and small towns are interspersed through an arid region of pines, oak woodlands and parched grass pastures. Mandatory evacuations are in place in Wawona and throughout the Yosemite Valley.

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In December, Governor Jerry Brown said devastating wildfires fuelled by climate change had become "the new normal". "The plan is to hold Hogback Ridge and tie it in above Upper Lake". Hwys. 20 and 29 re-opened yesterday, though Hwy. 29 to Hwy. 53, and large sections of Lake and Mendocino counties have been repopulated. However, all accesses off of Hwy. "We do have plan and we're fairly confident in that".

"If it were to be carried outside of those lines they have on the ridge, it could sweep down into those communities, that's what we're trying to prevent", she said. The rivers and lakes from which fire crews get water to drop on fires are full.

The Mendocino Complex fire surpassed the Thomas fire, which ripped through 281,000 acres in southern California previous year.

"The fire made a huge push, another 10 miles or so, near Stonyford", he said.

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Trump initiated the spat on Sunday when he tweeted that the fires "are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws", which cause water to be "diverted into the Pacific Ocean", and prevent trees from being cleared.

The Ranch Fire is 225,001 acres and containment has decreased to 21% - making this fire the sixth largest in state history by itself. "We had several spots that crossed Scotts Valley Road, but we were able to pick up those spots and conduct a burning operation to the top of Cow Mountain".

Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to arrive in Northern California today to help battle two huge blazes that were about half contained over the weekend.

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