California wildfires are largest in state history

FILE An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding California on 27 July 2018

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

It's killed seven people, including two firefighters who were helping residents evacuate from the affected area.

The 200 troops, plus command and support staff, will get one day of classroom training from firefighters at JBLM this week and then two more days of field training once it's decided which of the 18 major wildfires burning across California they will be asked to help contain.

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have continued to grow near Clear Lake in Lake and Mendocino Counties.

As of Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire shows little sign of slowing down.

'California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized, ' Trump wrote. Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 273,664 acres - growing about 70% over the weekend.

The Donnell Fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne County has scorched 12,000 acres and is 1 percent contained.

Crews did make progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook.

Crews battling the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in California fought on Monday to keep flames from descending a ridge into foothill communities, as reinforcements arrived from as far away as Alaska.

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The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, has burned over 91,000 acres, while the Cranston Fire has burned over 13,000 acres.

"Fires do not know boundaries or borders and as a firefighting service we are ready to respond both within Australia and overseas", he said.

A seventh death has been reported in the battle against the Carr Fire. It has already destroyed 75 homes and threatens 9,300 structures.

Further north, the Carr Fire has torched 163,207 acres of land in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23.

But that's "a totally separate issue" from fire management, said William Stewart, a forestry specialist at the University of California at Berkeley. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" - tweet Sunday. It was almost halfway contained, Cal Fire said. 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.

Experts say Trump is giving voice to Republican opposition to the state's progressive environmental policies by taking issue with state measures created to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by allowing water to flow through the delta and the San Francisco Bay, then out to the ocean. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

The last time active-duty military personnel were mobilized was in September 2017, when 200 soldiers from JBLM were mobilized to help battle the North Umpqua Complex wildfires in OR for 30 days, NIFC said.

The strike team has been prepping structures ahead of the fast-moving fire, making homes more defensible and increasing the chances of saving the residences.

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