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Mendocino Complex fire becomes California's second largest in history

Mendocino Complex fire becomes California's second largest in history

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.

With gusting winds, triple digit temperatures and nearly zero chance of rain in Northern California this week, scorching weather poses a persistent threat to firefighters battling out-of-control blazes on parched land, officials said.

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.

Farther north in Shasta County, the devastating Carr Fire claimed its seventh victim Saturday when a Pacific Gas & Electric worker died while working with a crew to restore power, utility spokesman J.D. Guidi said. Major reservoirs are near the worst fire zones; the Carr fire is near Lake Shasta and Whiskeytown Lake and the Mendocino Complex fire is near Clear Lake.

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.

Trump's suggestion that environmental laws were somehow compounding wildfire woes drew derision on Twitter. Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, said he had "no clue" what Trump was referring to in his tweet.

Peter Gleick, the president emeritus of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, told The Los Angeles Times that Trump's apparent claim that there isn't enough water to fight these fires because it's being diverted, "is the craziest thing in the world..." "Ridiculous. It's true that water is diverted to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities". It is now the second largest wildfire in California history. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov.

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As large swaths of California continue to burn, President Trump is jumping into the debate over how to best fight these wildfires.

The Ranch Fire area alone blazed through almost 220,000 acres, as of Sunday night, Cal Fire reported the River Fire has burned 48,000 acres.

The Northern California fires are burning a few miles apart and have been ablaze since July 27, officials said.

The Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park has killed two and has charred about 90,000 acres.

Federal funding will also be available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

"It boggles the mind", said LeRoy Westerling, a fire and climate expert at UC Merced.

"The fire did make a big push through Long Valley into Spring Valley", he said, adding that some structures were burned in both Spring Valley and Long Valley when "the fire made a very significant, extremely erratic push into those areas".