Raging Mendocino Complex fire becomes largest in California history (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)


Raging Mendocino Complex fire becomes largest in California history (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Firefighters from Victoria and South Australia are also preparing to battle blazes in Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the enormous blaze that has been burning for two weeks.

Another fire, the almost two-week-old Carr Fire, claimed another life Saturday, a 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, officials with the PG&E Corporation said on Sunday.

She says Jairus Ayeta, who was in his 20s, worked as an apprentice lineman for PG&E. That follows the deaths of two firefighters and four civilians.

A brand new blaze called the Holy Fire was ignited on Monday in Orange County, quickly expanding to more than 1,200 acres. Dry, hot winds have been fueling the flames.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous USA state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres. That fire has so far killed seven people. Past research has led to better methods and tools for predicting fires and responding to them, and for reducing the risks to people and property.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will send about 200 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state to help with the firefighting efforts.

"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. 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. Fire officials had hoped to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but pushed that date to early September on Tuesday.

What's more, over the same period, the state has experienced eight of its 10 most destructive fires in history. The whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from homes, Dykema said.

For the latest updates about all California's wildfires, go to Cal Fire's "Incidents" page.

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. It prompted the indefinite closure of some of the most popular parts of Yosemite National Park, officials announced on Sunday. The raging wildfire has destroyed 68 homes and forced evacuations in three Northern California counties.

The U.S. Forest Service reported that the fire crossed a highway Sunday evening, forcing crews to retreat from the fire's edge.



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