California scorched by raging wildfires the size of LA

A wildfire burning through Northern California became the state's largest on record on Monday, scorching more than 283,000 acres, officials said.

Neither McLean nor Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the Idaho-based fire agency, would address the tweets directly, but Gardetto said by telephone, "Most wildfire suppression efforts involve firefighters and boots on the ground".

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been puzzled by the claims from the president, according to Fox News.

There have been no deaths associated with the Mendocino Complex Fire, which actually began as two separate fires - the River Fire and Ranch Fire - before merging into one incident.

"The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in the past four days and burned through 283,800 acres of parched land-an area nearly the size of Los Angeles", reports the Washington Post. It continues to threaten 9,300 homes and structures in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties as almost 4,000 firefighters work to take hold of the aggressive flames.

Meanwhile to the south, new evacuations were ordered Saturday evening near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties across wilderness on both sides of Clear Lake.

The Mendocino Complex Fire has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee.

The largest ever until Monday had been the Thomas Fire in December 2017.

As of this morning, the Ranch Fire had grown to 225,001 acres with 21% containment.

McLean and fire experts say it's impossible to surround a fire that large, especially with 17 other major fires requiring attention in the state.

Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean. It was listed as the sixth most-destructive in state history, having destroyed more than 1,600 structures, according to Cal Fire.

The 14th Engineer Battalion soldiers were chosen for their engineering expertise and are likely to aid civilian firefighters in operations including digging trenches and building fire breaks, officials said.

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. The fire surrounds Clear Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in the state, a vital habitat for fish and other wildfire and a spot for water sports enthusiasts. "Now they're doing three to four huge fires in a week".

Resources assigned to the fire include 432 fire engines, 89 water tenders, 15 helicopters, 57 hand crews, and 80 dozers, for a total of 3,781 personnel.

Trump issued an Emergency Declaration for the state on July 28, and Brown has now requested that the president declare a major disaster.

  • Rogelio Becker