Mendocino Complex fire becomes California's second largest in history


A helicopter drops water while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018.

The fires, north of San Francisco, have burned 75 homes and is only 30 percent contained.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement. "That's one of those records you don't want to see".

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

Speaking to CNN, he said: "California does not divert water to the ocean".

It is not the first time active-duty troops from JBLM have been sent to help with California wildfires. "It's making for some extreme fire behavior", Powers said.

More than 127 wildfires are burning in 11 Western states, taxing civilian resources.

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The sole nugget of fact in Trump's tweet may be found in its final line, which states, "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" Jerry Brown on Twitter, saying he "must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Elsewhere across the state, firefighters are working to put out more than a dozen other fires that have killed several people, ravaged thousands of acres, and sparked air quality alerts.

Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon after a blaze broke out and quickly spread to blacken some 700 acres (283 hectares).

The current spate of wildfires happens to be within range of large Northern California lakes and the state's biggest river, McLean said. Throughout this busy fire season, firefighters here in Northern California have not indicated that a lack of water is hampering their efforts to fight these fires or contributing to their growth.

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.

President Trump claimed in a tweet that California's wildfires are "made so much worse by the bad environmental laws" which prevent firefighters from accessing water.

Reports surfaced last week that the Carr Fire was started when a tire failed on a trailer, causing its rim to scrape on asphalt along Highway 299 and ignite the sixth-most destructive wildfire in California's history. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012. 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. These backfires give off large plumes of smoke, and their flames have been visible from Ukiah, but it should be remembered that they are a firefighting measure, and though they may appear threatening from the Ukiah Valley, they instead represent progress in containing the fire, and ensuring that it does not actually threaten the valley.