Mendocino Complex Fire Becomes Largest Blaze in California History

Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside towering over homes off Scotts Valley Road Thursday near Lakeport

Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) - an area almost the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles - and are just 30 percent contained, according to state fire authority CalFire. In rural areas up north, what began as two small fires more than a week ago have grown at breathtaking speed to form the Mendocino Complex Fire, a massive and still-growing inferno that has charred an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

In fact, another fire that made the list recently, the Soberanes Fire, has already been pushed off - even at more than 132,000 acres.

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.

California is battling its largest wildfire ever recorded, along with 15 other major ones across the state.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire?

Evacuees watch the sunset as smoke from the Ranch Fire rises into the sky at Austin Park Beach in California. This puts them at the number two spot on the list of largest wildfires in state history.

In the state's south near San Diego hundreds of personnel were deploying to tackle the fast-moving Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest.

SAFD spokesman Woody Woodward told KSAT.com that the Fire Department is expected to send an engine truck, a brush truck and seven crew members to Shasta County.

Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 7 p.m. MDT, August 5, 2018.

Experts say 2018 has the worst start to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation. It's only 20 percent contained.

Where are the fires burning?

As of Monday evening, it was 30% contained and had destroyed 75 residences.

It has claimed more than 1,600 buildings, majority homes.

California has been ravaged by destructive and deadly wildfires burning up and down the state. Another 9,000 buildings are threatened.

There have been no fatalities reported as a result of the Mendocino Complex Fire so far. They will be trained in wildland firefighting skills and outfitted with the same firefighting gear civilian wildland firefighters use.

"There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters".

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Hanna Kuyper of Redding, who lost her home in the fire.

He added: "Look how big [the fire] got, just in a matter of days".

The Mendocino Complex Fire grew under conditions ripe for an aggressive, fast-moving wildfire.

Typically, temperatures dip and humidity rises overnight, giving fire crews a window to slow down the spread of the wildfires. Officials are investigating the cause of both.

Three of the largest wildfires in California's history have occurred in the past 12 months.

And the current fires are, by all accounts, extreme. Sparks from power lines have also been known to spur massive infernos, as well as lightening.

Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses against flames. And these firefighters are are working through the night to stop the blaze.

Aircraft are dropping retardant across ridgelines to keep fire from racing down hillsides toward residential communities.

Firefighters have gained significant momentum on the River Fire portion of the wildfire and will continue to work on containment efforts on the Ranch Fire throughout Tuesday.

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