Largest wildfires in California history

Clay Curtis
August 7, 2018

Further north in the state, the deadly Carr Fire has burned through more than 164,400 acres since July 23, and killed another seven people along the way.

Gleick continued: "California's forests are burning because of past severe drought and current extreme temperatures and weather, worsened by human-caused climate change, which you think, in your fantasy world, doesn't exist".

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged, has burned 283,800 acres (114,800 hectares) and was still growing, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

MORE than 14,000 firefighters including prison volunteers are battling "catastrophic" wildfires raging through California - which can be seen from space. The Cedar fire in 2003, now the third-largest, devoured 273,246 acres in San Diego County, according to Cal Fire records. But officials say it threatens 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread. It is 45 percent contained.

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.

More than 14,000 firefighters and hundreds of U.S. army personnel are trying to contain the more than a dozen major fires burning throughout the state. Officials have confirmed that six people, including two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren, have died.

Before 2000, such monstrously large fires occurred far less frequently, according to state records. He added in the tweet that water "is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

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President Donald Trump on Sunday approved California Gov.

The water debate taps into a deep-seeded controversy in California: the balance between letting water flow through streams and redirecting it for agriculture and other uses.

The president's comment comes after he said Sunday that too much water from the northern part of the state is being wasted by flowing into the Pacific Ocean. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger. We focused on the first portion of the tweet about water policy.

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response".

Brown's office announced Saturday that the White House has approved a request for a presidential major disaster declaration that would help fire victims in Shasta County, which has been ravaged by the Carr Fire.

Experts have said this has meant fires spreading more quickly from rural areas to urban developments.

"Cal Fire is really an urban firefighter service in the woods", said Arizona State University life sciences professor Stephen Pyne, a wildfire management expert. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can.

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