The Latest On Major Fires Burning In Northern California

A firefighting helicopter drops water onto a hot spot at the River Fire near Lakeport California

The Mendocino Complex fires have swelled to become larger than the deadly Carr Fire, about 160 km to the northeast, which has killed at least six people and destroyed more than 1,500 structures.

Cal Fire reported that a huge amount of resources have been concentrated on trying to get containment on the Carr Fire including 386 fire engines; 99 water tenders; 16 helicopters; 77 hand crews; 123 bulldozers; 4,674 personnel; and air tankers from throughout the state flying fire suppression missions. The entire so-called Mendocino Complex Fire is now one of the largest on record in the state, officials said.

With the fire still burning and containment only at 30 percent, the Mendocino Complex could top the Thomas Fire that burned in Southern California late a year ago to become the largest in state history.

It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to.

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

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Some areas in Central and Northern California could see temperatures reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) and winds of 15 miles (24 km) per hour, with higher gusts that could fan the flames and spread embers, he said.

Firefighters stand watch on a roof as a wildfire sweeps through the area near Lakeport, Calif., Thursday, August 2, 2018.

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. It's unclear if this is directly connected to the fire, but PG&E has been doing work to rebuild and restring power lines in the areas where the fire hit, so it's entirely possible that a line may have been de-energized as part of this continuing work. Jerry Brown called for aid from the Trump administration. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.

But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest.

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.

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President Trump nevertheless criticised Democrat Governor Brown, repeating his attacks on California's environmental laws.

It has claimed more than 1,600 buildings, a lot of them homes.

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.

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. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities. But the number of acres burned this year at 292,455 is about 50 percent higher than the 219,369 acres burnt last year and more than double the 118,811-acre average for the last 5 years. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

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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